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Tuesday February 15, 2000Men's hoops wins for first time at Arkansas, 80-71

Fayetteville, AR

Sparked by Mike Miller's 19 points the 12th ranked Florida Gators defeated Arkansas 80-71 at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville Tuesday night. It was the Gators' first win, ever, at Arkansas after four losses. The Gators rebounded from last Saturday's heartbreaking 76-73 defeat to number-five Tennessee. "To be able to bounce back like they did after a very difficult loss against Tennessee", said a proud Gator coach Billy Donovan in his post-game radio interview, "I thought our guys did a fabulous job of keeping their composure". The Gators fell behind quickly 8-nothing, but outscored the Razorbacks 37-22 to take a 37-30 lead into halftime. Arkansas cut the lead to 43-39 in the second half, but the Gators built the lead back up to 11. Florida led 73-67 when Miller (pictured left) scored five of the team's final seven points in the closing minutes to salt the game away. Udonis Haslem and Kenyan Weaks each scored 13 points while Brent Wright broke into double figures with ten. Donovan said his team didn't make the same mistake other teams make when they play the Razorbacks. "When you get a lead by eight, ten points, teams have a tendency to play passive and they want the clock to run out. You've got to keep attacking and I thought our guys really attacked well tonight". Arkansas was led in scoring by Joe Johnson's 15 points. Florida is now 19-5 overall and 8-3 in the SEC. The Gators host Mississippi State Saturday night at 7pm at the O'Connell Center in Gainesville.
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