Razorbacks thumped by Allen, Florida

By: Scottie Bordelon
Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson (right) chats with Florida head coach Mike White before the game Thursday Dec. 29, 2016 at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville.
Photo by Anthony Reyes
Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson (right) chats with Florida head coach Mike White before the game Thursday Dec. 29, 2016 at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville.

Follow along for updates as Arkansas looks for its first win at Florida since 1995:

Florida 88, Arkansas 73 - Final

KeVaughn Allen got loose Wednesday, scoring a season-high 28 points on 6 of 7 from 3-point range. Arkansas has now lost four of its last five in SEC play heading into Saturday's game against Ole Miss.

Florida knocked down 13 3-pointers, becoming the fourth team in six conference games to hit 11 or more against Arkansas.

Jaylen Barford was arguably the Hogs' lone bright spot, tying a career-high with 28 points on 10 of 15 from the floor and 5 of 6 from deep. The rest of the team was 19 of 51 (37 percent) from the floor.

Daniel Gafford did finish with a 14-point, 10-rebound double-double and Daryl Macon added 13 to go with a season-high four turnovers.

The Razorbacks have some soul searching to do in the coming days. This team is unrecognizable compared to the confident, boisterous group we were watching just three weeks ago.

Florida 82, Arkansas 63 - 3:16 left

Egor Koulechov and KeVaughn Allen put the dagger in Arkansas with back-to-back 3-pointers. Allen now has a season-high 26 points and Koulechov has 12, 10 since halftime. Jalen Hudson has 21 as well.

Arkansas has now trailed by 21 or more in three of its last four games.

Florida 69, Arkansas 57 - 7:56 left

C.J. Jones has knocked down a pair of 3-pointers, which at the time helped Arkansas get to within nine. They were his first 3-point makes in SEC play in more than a year and snapped a streak of five straight games without one dating back to late December.

Egor Koulechov has seven second-half points and three rebounds for the Gators, who are keeping the Hogs at arms length. Florida is shooting just 37 percent in the second half. Arkansas has to take advantage of those stops.

Florida 52, Arkansas 41 - 15:16 left

Arkansas is chipping away at the Gators' lead little by little. Jaylen Barford and Daniel Gafford teamed up for a quick 5-0 run out of the break to bring the deficit to 10.

Florida was 1 of 5 from the floor in the first four-plus minutes, and missed on both 3-point tries.

Florida 48, Arkansas 33 - Half

KeVaughn Allen is all the way out of his funk, scoring 20 points on four 3s in the first half. Jalen Hudson also added 15 points as the Gators shot 56 percent and scored at a 1.5 PPP clip.

Jaylen Barford leads Arkansas with 12 points but didn't play the final few minutes of the half with foul trouble. Daryl Macon was a bit more aggressive with Barford out, scoring twice on strong drives to the rim. Darious Hall then set the halftime score with a one-hand slam with one second on the clock.

Arkansas has a lot of issues right now on both ends, but its defense has been really poor and it's carrying over. We've also yet to see much of an effort to get any of the bigs involved in the pick-and-roll, which is difficult to understand.

Florida 43, Arkansas 27 - 3:31 left first half

Anton Beard had an ankle stepped on by Florida's Kevarrius Hayes and had to be helped to the Arkansas locker room. His injury leaves just three capable guards on the roster.

Jalen Hudson and KeVaughn Allen have combined for 30 points so far on 9 of 13 shooting.

Jaylen Barford picked up his third foul before the break trying to create separation for a short corner jumper, forcing the slumping C.J. Jones into the lineup.

Florida 33, Arkansas 19 - 7:53 left first half

It's safe to say KeVaughn Allen has broken out of his shooting slump. He has 11 points, his first SEC game reaching double figures, on 4 of 4 from the floor.

Florida is on a 20-4 run, shooting 69 percent and in the bonus the rest of the half. Meanwhile, Arkansas has misfired on 8 of its last 10 shots and settling for long jumpers.

Florida 22, Arkansas 17 - 10:56 left first half

Gators guard Chris Chiozza went down pretty hard right before the media timeout after taking an errant elbow to the head.

Jalen Hudson has Florida's last four points, including a 3-piointer. Jaylen Barford hit a tough stepback jumper on Chiozza to break up a 9-0 Gators run. Barford leads Arkansas with five points.

Arkansas 13, Florida 13, 15:53 left first half

Dustin Thomas has five early points for Arkansas, including his first 3-point make of the season. The Hogs have hit 3 of 5 from deep to this point. Jaylen Barford and Daryl Macon have hit triples as well.

Florida is 5 of 7 from the floor to start, and got a couple of really easy layups off the dribble. North Little Rock native KeVaughn Allen hit a 3 as well. Really fun start so far as nine of 10 starters have scored.


Daryl Macon is back in the starting lineup following a one game hiatus, joining Anton Beard, Jaylen Barford, Dustin Thomas and Daniel Gafford.

Florida is running with Egor Koulechov, Chris Chiozza, KeVaughn Allen, Kevarrius Hayes and Keith Stone.


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