No. 10 Florida puts end to Arkansas streak in OT

AP News
Posted: Jan 11, 2014 3:55 PM

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Dorian Finney-Smith scored a career-high 22 points as No. 10 Florida overcame the absence of leading scorer Casey Prather to snap Arkansas' 23-game home winning streak with an 84-82 overtime win on Saturday.

Finney-Smith, starting in place of Prather, also added a season-high 15 rebounds as the Gators (13-2, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) won their seventh in row.

Florida trailed 66-57 in the closing minutes of regulation, but Scotie Wilbekin sent it into overtime with a jumper with two seconds left that tied the game.

Wilbekin finished with 18 points, while Michael Frazier had 15 and Patric Young 10.

Ky Madden led the Razorbacks (11-4, 0-2) who had five players finish in double figures, with 23 points.

Arkansas had a chance to all but seal the win with 17.1 seconds remaining in regulation, but Alandise Harris missed the front end of a 1-and-1 to give Florida the ball back while down 66-64.

Wilbekin answered with the game-tying jumper with two seconds left on the other end for the Gators, who then took control quickly in overtime.

Florida played without Prather because of a bone bruise on the senior forward's right knee.

Finney-Smith started in the place of Prather, who is averaging 17 points per game this season, and had nine points at halftime. He continued to have the hot hand in the second half and overtime — where he scored five-straight points to put the Gators up 77-69.

Following a pair of baskets from Harris, who finished with 11 points, the Razorbacks closed the Florida lead to 82-79 with 21.9 seconds remaining in overtime. However, Harris missed an inside attempt and Wilbekin — who had nine points in overtime — sealed with win with free throws with 5.4 seconds remaining.

Michael Qualls, who finished with 10 points, hit a meaningless 3-pointer at the buzzer to pull Arkansas within 84-82.

Coty Clarke had a season-high 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Razorbacks, who have now lost two straight for the first time this season. They opened SEC play with a disappointing loss at Texas A&M on Wednesday.

The Gators took a 23-22 lead midway through the first half after a floater by Kasey Hill, but Arkansas — which hadn't lost at home since a 91-82 defeat to Syracuse on Nov. 30, 2012 — responded with a 10-2 run to take its largest lead of the half at 32-25.

Clarke, who had 13 points in the first half, matched his career high with three 3-pointers, and he put the Razorbacks up 64-57 with a free throw.

However, Florida closed out regulation on a 9-2 run to tie the game — eventually winning it in overtime.