Head coach Billy Donovan and the 10th-ranked Florida Gators survived a scare on the road on Saturday afternoon, but they were ultimately able to walk out of Bud Walton Arena with the win over the Arkansas Razorbacks, 84-82, in overtime.
Arkansas sent out the upset alert to everyone by taking a one-point lead into the locker room at the half at 36-35. Florida surged back in the second half.
With two seconds to go in regulation, Florida’s Scottie Wilbekin hit a jumper to tie the game at 66 apiece, forcing the extra five-minute period.
In that overtime period, Florida was able to hit their free throws, and also uses heavy defensive pressure down the stretch to force Arkansas into some bad decisions.
Florida was led in this one by forward Dorian Finney-Smith who dropped in 22 points and added 15 rebounds to finish the afternoon with the double-double.
Scottie Wilbekin was the second leading scorer on the day off the bench, adding in 18 points of his own, including going 8-of-10 from the free throw line.
With the win, the Gators improve to 13-2 on the season, while Arkansas drops to 13-2.