Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Gators 8-game win streak against Razorbacks ends

Gators 8-game win streak against Razorbacks ends

Barford scored 19 of his 27 points in the second half and pulled down 10 rebounds in 32 minutes of action.

The high-powered offense of Florida will clash against the mid-tier defense of Arkansas. Freshman Daniel Gafford added 16 points and also matched his career-best with 12 rebounds, keying an effort that saw the Razorbacks outrebound the Gators 43-28.

Three players are averaging at least 9.6 points per game for Arkansas, they are Jaylen Barford (17.9), Daryl Macon (12.1) and Anton Beard (9.6). The Razorbacks entered the game 12th in the SEC in free-throw percentage (67 percent), but they continued to shoot the ball well from the line in the second half - finishing 23 of 26 (88.5 percent) overall in the win. Arkansas' misses kept SC in the game as well as two well-timed three-pointers by Frank Booker.

The Razorbacks are now 14-2 in the quarterfinal round of the SEC Tournament, including winning the last five games.

Arkansas is a very good team right now. Keith Stone led Florida with 22 points and 5 rebounds in 24 minutes. But thanks to a flurry of points just before halftime and another surge down the stretch in the 2nd half the streak ended in St. Louis, 80-72 as the Hogs advanced to Saturday's semi final game against tournament 2 seed Tennessee. "Two games this year he dominated us". The Razorbacks caught and passed them on a layup by Adrio Bailey with 55 seconds remaining, enabling them to go to the locker room with a 30-29 edge.

Silva's free throws with 1:11 left got SC back within two points but the Razorbacks clinched the victory from the foul line.

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For the Gamecocks, Chris Silva had 15 points and had 11 rebounds to lead the No. 11 seed Gamecocks (17-16.) USC advanced to the second round with a win over MS on Wednesday night.

From the tip, the pace of the game was at one Arkansas feels comfortable with. The Gators maintained the lead, pushing it back to 29-22 at the 4:54 mark on a 3-pointer by Okauru.

Barford anticipated a pass to the top of the key and made a steal for an easy layup to give Arkansas a 7-point lead, but SC scored five straight points to cut Arkansas' lead to 2.

"We want to try to win the whole thing, but we are just going to take it one game at a time", Florida senior point guard Chris Chiozza said.

The Hogs will play the Gators Friday night at 9:00 p.m. ET. This year, the Razorbacks have led by an average of 9.7 points at the break in 23 wins. The Razorbacks have won eight of their past 10 games.

Both games can be seen on SEC Network.

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