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@RazorbackMBB Falls To No.10/11 Florida In OT

@RazorbackMBB Falls To No.10/11 Florida In OT

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Despite a career-high 23 points from junior Rashad Madden and a double-double by senior Coty Clarke, the Arkansas men’s basketball team suffered a heartbreaking 84-82 loss in overtime against No. 10/11 Florida at Bud Walton Arena on Saturday afternoon in front of a crowd of 18,040 fans.

The Razorbacks led by seven, 64-57, with just under five minutes to play in regulation, but the Gators closed on a 9-2 run, highlighted by Scottie Wilbekin’s contested-runner with two seconds left, to force overtime. Florida built an eight-point lead, 77-69, with 1:16 to play in the extra frame, but Arkansas rallied back to cut it to a one-possession deficit with the ball, but couldn’t come up with the game-tying three.

Florida (13-2, 2-0) is the first team since Feb. 28, 2012, to win at Bud Walton Arena, snapping the Razorbacks’ (11-4, 0-2) 23-game home win streak that included nine in a row against SEC foes.

Keys To The ContestIn overtime, Florida knocked down 10-of-14 from the free throw line, including 6-of-8 by Wilbekin, and held Arkansas scoreless on six of its first seven possessions to build its largest lead of the game. The Gators finished the game 25-of-34 from the charity stripe compared to an 18-of-27 performance by the Razorbacks.

Led by Wilbekin’s 18 point points, which featured nine in overtime, the Florida bench out-scored Arkansas 32-18. It marked just the third time this season (1-2) that the Razorbacks have been out-scored off the pine.

Quick Hits➢ Arkansas trailed for just 2:59 in regulation and 4:08 in overtime. ➢ Arkansas’ 82 points are the most against the Gators this season, as Florida entered eighth in the nation in scoring defense (58.7). ➢ The Razorbacks corralled a season-high 20 offensive rebounds, led by six from Clark.➢ First time Arkansas has lost this season when five players reach double figures (5-1). ➢ First time this season Arkansas has lost back-to-back games.➢ Arkansas’ 20 offensive rebounds are the most given up by Florida this season and just two shy of the combined total of Florida’s previous three opponents. ➢ Arkansas has finished with a positive or equal assist/turnover ratio in 14 of 15 games.➢ First Arkansas loss when leading at the half (10-1), as it took a 36-35 lead into the break. ➢ Madden scored 18 of his 23 points in the second half and overtime, hitting a career-high five three pointers.➢ Madden has reached double figures in 10 of the last 12 games and has led Arkansas in scoring both SEC games.➢ Madden had seven threes all of 2012-13 and has seven three-pointers in the last two games.➢ Clarke’s season-high 16 points and career-high 14 rebounds were good for his second career double-double.➢ Clarke scored 13 of his 16 points in the first half.➢ Clarke entered with three trifectas on the season and hit three in the first half.➢ Clarke is averaging 17 points and 10.5 rebounds his last two games vs. Florida. ➢ Freshman Bobby Portis reached double figures for the 11th time this season with 14 points and seven boards.

Coach Anderson Postgame Sound "That was a great ballgame. We played in front of great fans and we felt like we let them down a little bit. It wasn’t from a lack of effort though. We had our opportunities, whether it be at the free throw line, getting turnovers or key stops. It’s a team learning how to win against very good basketball teams and Florida is a very good basketball team."

#Fastest40 Facts ➢ The Razorbacks won the turnover battle for the 14th time this season, forcing Florida into a season high 17 turnovers.➢ Arkansas has 20+ points off turnovers four times this year.➢ Coach Anderson-led teams have won the turnover battle in 319 of 377 games, including 67 of 79 at Arkansas.

@RazorbackMBB Postgame Tweetables (140 Characters Or Less)➢ .@RazorbackMBB is still the only @SEC team to be held below 70 points once this season and leads the league at 84.5 ppg #Fastest40➢ Behind 18 points in the 2nd half & OT, @rkmadden00 finished with 23 points and has hit the 20 point mark twice this season #Fastest40➢ With a career-high 14 rebounds vs. Florida, @CTC_4 has back-to-back double figure rebound efforts to start @SEC play. #Fastest40➢ #WearWhite to Tuesday’s @RazorbackMBB showdown with Kentucky on ESPN to White Out Bud Walton Area #Fastest40 #WeHOGS

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Up NextArkansas will return to Bud Walton Arena on Tuesday night to host No. 14 Kentucky. The game is the second part of ESPN’s Super Tuesday and will tip at 8 p.m. Fans are encouraged to #WearWhite to white out Bud Walton Arena, while the first 3,000 students will receive white rally towels sponsored by Hill Place Apartments.

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