Florida Gators guard Scottie Wibekin reacts to a foul call during a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Bud Walton Arena. Arkansas defeated Florida, 80-69.
Sophomore guard BJ Young paced a balanced attack with 13 points and the host Razorbacks forced 16 turnovers in Arkansas snapping the No. 2 Gators’ 10-game win streak, 80-69, on Tuesday.
Arkansas (14-8, 5-4 SEC) hit 14 of its first 19 shots and built a 22-point lead, surprisingly cruising to its 11th straight home win. Young came off the bench for the third time in five games and led the Razorbacks, who got at least seven points from eight different players. Marshawn Powell and Michael Qualls scored 11 apiece.
Florida (18-3, 8-1 SEC) shot 7-of-24 in the first half and trailed 43-26 at the break. The Razorbacks opened the second half on a 6-0 run and were never threatened.
Mike Rosario led the Gators with 15 points, and Scottie Wilbekin added 14.
Arkansas had 19 assists against eight turnovers, and shot 8-of-18 from beyond the arc.
NOTES: Florida had won the previous five meetings by an average of 19.4 points. … The Razorbacks improved to 30-4 at Bud Walton Arena under second-year coach Mike Anderson. … Florida failed in its bid to win five straight SEC road games in a season for the first time in program history.
Florida State 56, Georgia Tech 54: Michael Snaer's driving bank shot at the buzzer lifted the visiting Seminoles to their eighth straight win over the Yellow Jackets.
Snaer led Florida State (13-9, 5-4 ACC) with 15 points, hitting 3-of-5 3-pointers, and notched his fifth game-winning shot in a year.
Georgia Tech's Mfon Udofia banked in a straightaway 3-pointer to tie it at 54 with a minute left. After a Florida State turnover, Udofia missed a 3-pointer, setting up Snaer's heroics. Udofia was screened as Snaer drove the right side of the lane and scooped it in off the glass.
The Yellow Jackets (12-9, 2-7) had no double-figure scorers, with Daniel Miller and Brandon Reed pacing the team with nine points apiece.
Kiel Turpin and Boris Bojanovsky each scored 10 points for the Seminoles, who won despite committing 16 turnovers. Okaro White grabbed 10 rebounds.
GAME NOTEBOOK: The Yellow Jackets fell to 10-3 at their new arena, McCamish Pavilion. ... Florida State improved to 6-1 in its last seven games decided by five or fewer points. ... Miller started his 83rd straight game and had four assists, three offensive rebounds and a block while shooting 3-of-4 from the field.
UGA men ready for battle with Tenn. tonight
The middle of the SEC standings is a jumbled mess, and Georgia has taken advantage. The Bulldogs, who lost four of their first five conference games, come into Wednesday’s contest at Tennessee on a three-game winning streak. Saturday’s 67-56 victory at South Carolina lifted Georgia into a tie for sixth with Arkansas. The Volunteers are one game behind the Bulldogs and Razorbacks, tied with two other teams as two games separate the bottom nine teams in the standings.
Both teams feature dynamic scorers: Georgia sophomore Kentavious Caldwell-Pope ranks second in the SEC at 17.6 points, while Tennessee junior Jordan McRae is third at 17.3.
TV: 8 p.m. ET, SEC Network; ESPN3.
ABOUT GEORGIA (10-11, 4-4): Caldwell-Pope scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds against South Carolina, helping him earn SEC player-of-the-week honors. But a very encouraging sign for the Bulldogs in that victory was 11 points each for guards Charles Mann and Kenny Gaines off the bench. The Bulldogs have beaten Texas A&M, Auburn and South Carolina (combined SEC record: 7-17) during their winning streak.
ABOUT TENNESSEE (11-9, 3-5): Sophomore forward Jarnell Stokes is the Volunteers’ hottest player, posting three consecutive double-doubles. But Tennessee sorely misses point guard Trae Golden, who missed the Arkansas game with a strained right hamstring and may not play against the Bulldogs.
TIP-INS: 1. Tennessee has won 15 of the past 19 meetings with Georgia. The Volunteers lead the all-time series 93-53 (55-14 in Knoxville).
- The Bulldogs shot 58.1 percent against South Carolina, their first game above 50 percent since beating East Tennessee State on Nov. 23.
- Georgia has not won four SEC games in a row since 2003.