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January 11, 2014

Instant Analysis: Gators win overtime thriller



Never one to harp on excuses, Billy Donovan led his short-handed No. 10 Gators (13-2, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) into Fayetteville, Ark., Saturday and snapped the nation's second-longest home winning streak. Florida defeated Arkansas (11-4, 0-2 SEC) 84-82 in overtime. Instant Analysis takes a look.

IT WAS OVER WHEN: Alandise Harris clanked a short-range shot attempt off the front of the rim with just over five seconds left in overtime. Harris had previously missed a free throw late in regulation to give Florida the chance to tie it. At the other end, Scottie Wilbekin hit two free throws and iced the game.

HE STOLE THE SHOW: Someone needed to step up with Casey Prather out because of injury. Dorian Finney-Smith did just that. The junior forward notched his second double-double of the year with 22 points and 15 rebounds. Honorable mention goes to Arkansas senior forward Coty Clarke who also had a Double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds.

THE STAT DOESN'T LIE: The main contributor was Finney-Smith, but the Gators got a fairly balanced effort out of its frontcourt. Finney-Smith, Patric Young and Will Yeguete combined for 39 points and 28 rebounds.

WHAT A PLAY: Wilbekin didn't practice Thursday or Friday with a sprained ankle, yet the Gators still banked their hopes on him late in the game. With time winding down and Florida trailing 66-64, Wilbekin briefly milked the clock before driving and hitting a tear-drop jumper off the glass to tie the game with two seconds left and eventually send it to overtime. Not bad for a player who started the game on the bench. He finished with 18 points.

THE BOTTOM LINE: It was a low-risk, high-reward game for Florida. No one would have blamed the Gators for dropping a game in what would have been the Razorbacks' 26th consecutive home victory while missing their leading scorer. That appeared to be the direction the game was headed late in the second half until Florida made some big plays late. The result was a big-time win that increases the Gators' national presence because of what they were able to do amid adversity.


Official Basketball Box Score -- Game Totals -- Final Statistics
Florida vs Arkansas
01/11/14 12:00 p.m. at Fayetteville, Ark. (Bud Walton Arena)

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VISITORS: Florida 13-2, 2-0 SEC
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
10 Finney-Smith, Dorian f  7-15   3-7    5-8    9  6 15   2  22  3  3  0  3  42
15 Yeguete, Will....... f  1-3    0-1    5-8    1  4  5   2   7  0  1  0  1  28
00 Hill, Kasey......... g  3-7    0-1    0-0    1  3  4   3   6  5  5  0  1  37
20 Frazier, Michael.... g  4-7    4-7    3-4    0  3  3   2  15  0  2  0  1  29
25 Walker, DeVon....... g  0-4    0-4    2-2    1  5  6   1   2  1  2  2  2  23
04 Young, Patric.......    4-9    0-0    2-2    1  6  7   5  10  1  1  0  0  21
05 Wilbekin, Scottie...    4-12   2-5    8-10   0  2  2   4  18  2  1  0  1  35
30 Kurtz, Jacob........    2-2    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   1   4  1  1  0  0  10
   TEAM................                         1     1             1          
   Totals..............   25-59   9-25  25-34  14 30 44  20  84 13 17  2  9 225

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 12-28 42.9%   2nd Half: 10-27 37.0%   OT:  3-4  75.0%   Game: 42.4%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  4-12 33.3%   2nd Half:  3-11 27.3%   OT:  2-2  100 %   Game: 36.0%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  7-8  87.5%   2nd Half:  8-12 66.7%   OT: 10-14 71.4%   Game: 73.5%    4

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HOME TEAM: Arkansas 11-4, 0-2 SEC
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
04 CLARKE, Coty........ f  5-12   3-5    3-4    6  8 14   2  16  3  1  0  1  33
10 PORTIS, Bobby....... f  6-16   0-0    2-4    5  2  7   1  14  0  3  1  1  31
00 MADDEN, Rashad...... g  9-16   5-10   0-0    1  4  5   3  23  3  0  1  1  33
12 GULLEY, Fred........ g  0-2    0-1    1-4    0  1  1   3   1  1  2  0  2  27
24 QUALLS, Michael..... g  2-10   1-4    5-6    3  3  6   2  10  3  1  0  1  39
02 HARRIS, Alandise....    4-8    0-0    3-5    2  2  4   5  11  0  3  1  1  21
03 SCOTT, Rickey.......    0-1    0-0    2-2    1  0  1   1   2  2  0  0  0  10
05 BELL, Anthlon.......    1-5    1-3    2-2    1  0  1   3   5  0  0  0  0  12
20 HAYDAR, Kikko.......    0-1    0-1    0-0    0  1  1   3   0  0  0  0  0  11
22 WILLIAMS, Jacorey...    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   2
33 KINGSLEY, Moses.....    0-1    0-0    0-0    1  3  4   1   0  0  1  0  0   6
   TEAM................                            1  1                        
   Totals..............   27-72  10-24  18-27  20 25 45  24  82 12 11  3  7 225


TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 11-33 33.3%   2nd Half: 10-27 37.0%   OT:  6-12 50.0%   Game: 37.5%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  5-12 41.7%   2nd Half:  3-7  42.9%   OT:  2-5  40.0%   Game: 41.7%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  9-12 75.0%   2nd Half:  7-11 63.6%   OT:  2-4  50.0%   Game: 66.7%    4

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Officials: Anthony Jordan (R), John Hampton, Mike Kitts
Technical fouls: Florida-None. Arkansas-None. 
Attendance: 18040
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   OT   Total
Florida.......................   35   31   18  -   84
Arkansas......................   36   30   16  -   82
Estimated Actual Attendance: 18,040                                           
Fouled out: Florida #4, Young (2:13 OT)                                       
            Arkansas #2, Harris (0:05.4 OT)                                   

Points in the paint-UF 30,AR 30. Points off turnovers-UF 17,AR 23. 
2nd chance points-UF 16,AR 23. Fast break points-UF 6,AR 3. 
Bench points-UF 32,AR 18. Score tied-13 times. Lead changed-7 times. 
Last FG-UF OT-01:51, AR OT-00:01.
Largest lead-UF by 8 OT-01:16, AR by 7 1st-04:05.


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