Arkansas rolls past No. 2 Florida
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ Rickey Scott walked to the sideline, gasping for air before lying down in an attempt to catch his breath.
And that was less than 4 minutes into the Razorbacks’ shocking 80-69 victory over No. 2 Florida on Tuesday night, giving second-year coach Mike Anderson the signature win had he been looking for in an electric Bud Walton Arena.
BJ Young led three players in double figures with 13 points as the Razorbacks (14-8, 5-4 Southeastern Conference) opened quickly and never let up, fueled by a raucous crowd of 13,816. It was an energy-filled arena that reminded Anderson of the Arkansas of old — when he was an assistant to former coach Nolan Richardson when the Razorbacks were among the nation’s best, winning the 1994 national championship.
“If I gave two game balls tonight, one would certainly go to our fans,” Anderson said. “This place was lively tonight. It brought back a lot of memories for myself, especially sitting on that bench and seeing our fans so engaged in the game.”
The win improves the Razorbacks to 14-1 at home this season, and it snaps a 10-game winning streak for the Gators — who had ascended to the No. 2 spot in The AP Top 25 a day earlier.
Arkansas opened the game 15 of 20 from the field. Michael Qualls and Marshawn Powell added 11 points each and 11 players scored for the Razorbacks in their first win over a top 10 team since early in 2008-09.
Mike Rosario led Florida (18-3, 8-1) with 15 points, while Scottie Wilbekin added 14, Michael Frazier 11 and Kennny Boynton 10. It was Florida’s first loss since a 67-61 setback Dec. 22 to Kansas State.