Arkansas had more second-chance points with 18, compared to Florida's 15. Arkansas didn't shoot as well from the field (42.9 percent) or the three-point line (30.8 percent) as they usually do, but the Hogs did play well enough to chant the single-elimination tournament mantra of "survive and advance" with their 69-65 victory over the Gamecocks.
The Gamecocks half-court defense pushed the Razorbacks' offense back and forced several last-second attempts as the shot clock ticked toward expiration.
The Razorbacks will look to break an eight-game losing streak against the Gators that spans five years when the teams play tonight in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals. Williams had 10 points and 11 rebounds in the win over Mississippi State. In the first, Barford had 28 points and five rebounds and the Razorbacks defeated the Volunteers 95-93.
"I thought they got the majority of loose balls, pounded us on the glass, and we really struggled to string together consecutive stops versus a terrific, terrific offensive team".
White watched in agony as his team missed a handful of point-blank shots at the rim, missing six of 12 layups, including an uncontested miss in transition by Egor Koulechov.
"We wanted that win bad", he said.
Jaylen Barford scored 27 and matched his career high with 10 rebounds to help send Arkansas to the semifinals of the SEC tournament with an 80-72 win over No. 23 Florida on Friday night.
"This guy is capable of going off and going on runs by himself", Razorbacks coach Mike Anderson said.More news: Arsene Wenger pleased with positive response as Gunners beat AC Milan
"From the mouth of Arlando Cook, that was the icing on the cake from his perspective", said Gafford, referring to Arkansas' senior forward. "I went ahead and windmilled it to put some flash on it".
RECORDS Arkansas 22-10; SC 16-16 STARS Arkansas senior guards Jaylen Barford (17 points, 3 steals) and Daryl Macon (12 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists).
Florida got the lead down to seven with just under 30 seconds left in the game but Macon dropped in a pair of free throws and Gafford added another of his eye-popping windmill dunks to finish the game with a flourish.
Tennessee basketball shot 76 percent in the first half and 7-of-8 from three. Like most teams in the SEC this season, the Gators didn't have much of an answer for Barford and his mix of drives and jumpers. Gafford followed with a couple put-backs, almost yanking the rim off the backboard on the second to the delight of the pro-Arkansas crowd.
The Vols' lead slipped in the opening five minutes of the second half, when Arkansas went on an 8-0 run in a span of fewer than two minutes.
The Razorbacks are 8-2 in their past 10 games.