GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Mike Rosario scored 15 points and Patric Young added 14 on Saturday night to pace a balanced attack that helped No. 5 Florida rebound to a 71-54 Southeastern Conference victory over Arkansas.
Kenny Boynton and Erik Murphy both had 12 points for the Gators (22-4, 12-2).
The Gators played their worst game of the season in falling behind early and losing 80-69 to Arkansas (17-10, 8-6) in Fayetteville, but never trailed in this one. Boynton made a 3-pointer to open the game, Rosario scored on a fast break and Young followed up a miss by Boynton with a rim-shaking dunk for a 7-0 lead.
The putback and a capacity crowd in the O’Connell Center seemed to energize the 6-foot-9 Young, who took just seven shots and scored four points in Florida’s previous two games. Boynton made a layup and a runner in the lane to put the Gators up 23-13 before the Razorbacks settled and gradually chipped away at the deficit.
Arkansas trailed 32-28 at halftime, despite only getting three points from leading scorer BJ Young — all on free throws — and playing the final 10:45 before the break without Marshawn Powell, who made three of his first four shots before picking up two offensive fouls that sent him to the bench.
The Gators pulled away for good with an 11-1 spurt to begin the second half.
Rosario began the surge with a reverse layup, Boynton fueled it with a long a 3-pointer and Young finished with a jump hook and another rebound dunk that left the Gators in control at 41-29 with just under 17 minutes to go. Michael Frazier II’s second 3-pointer hiked the lead to 17, and the closest Arkansas got the rest of the way was 16 points with 31 seconds remaining.
Coty Clarke made all eight of his field goal attempts and led the Razorbacks with 18 points, while Anthlon Bell finished with 14. Powell had seven points — none in the second-half — and Young also was scoreless after halftime, finishing 0 for 8 from the field.
Frazier, who’s one of Florida’s top reserves, fell to the court and left the game midway through the second half with what coach Billy Donovan said was a concussion that will sideline the freshman guard for an indefinite period. Frazier had six points on 2-for-9 shooting, and the Gators got eight points and nine rebounds from reserve Casey Prather.
Tennessee 93, Texas A&M 85, 4 OT: In College Station, Texas, Trae Golden scored a career-high 32 points to lead Tennessee to its fifth straight win, in a marathon four-overtime game.
The Volunteers were up by one point in the fourth overtime when Golden made four straight points to make it 85-80. Elston Turner missed a shot for A&M before Skylar McBee’s 3-pointer pushed Tennessee’s lead to 88-80. McBee made a pair of free throws with less than a minute left to pad the lead, and the Volunteers held on for the win.
It was the first four-overtime game for Tennessee (16-10, 8-6), and the most extra periods the Aggies (16-11, 6-8) have played since dropping a 116-110 five-overtime game to Baylor on Jan. 23, 2008.
Turner had 38 points to lead the Aggies.
Ole Miss 88, Auburn 55: In Oxford, Miss., Marshall Henderson scored 28 points, Derrick Millinghaus added 14 for Ole Miss.
Henderson scored 19 of his points in the first half as the Rebels built a 44-27 halftime lead. The SEC’s leading scorer didn’t start for the first time all season, but came off the bench to hit eight 3-pointers, which tied the school’s single-game record.
Ole Miss (20-7, 9-5) won for just the third time in eight games and never trailed. Coach Andy Kennedy set a school record with his 145th career victory, which passes B.L. Graham’s old mark of 144. Kennedy has a 145-85 record over seven seasons.
Auburn (9-18, 3-11) lost for the 11th time in 12 games. Shaquille Johnson led the Tigers with 18 points.
Georgia 62, South Carolina 54, OT: In Athens, Ga., Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 18 points, and Charles Mann added 14 for Georgia.
The Bulldogs (13-14, 7-7) snapped a three-game losing streak.
Bruce Ellington finished with 11 points and was the only player to score in double digits for South Carolina (13-14, 3-11).
Nemanja Djurisic had 11 points and Brandon Morris pulled down 11 rebounds for Georgia.
After Ellington’s 3-pointer with 1:43 left in regulation made it 51-47 and gave South Carolina its biggest lead, the Gamecocks failed to score another field goal for the remainder of the game.
Vanderbilt 72, Mississippi State 31: In Starkville, Miss., Kevin Bright scored 15 points and Rod Odom had 13 points to lead Vanderbilt.
The Commodores (11-15, 5-9) made 11 of 31 shots from beyond the arc, finishing 28 for 61 from the floor (46 percent).
Vanderbilt dominated Mississippi State in most all statistical categories, including a 51-17 rebounding margin.
Mississippi State (7-19, 2-12), which has lost 12 straight games, did not score a field goal until the 8:48 mark of the first half and finished 7-for-40 from the field.
This was the second-worst loss for Mississippi State in Humphrey Coliseum history. It was also the lowest scoring output for MSU in the shot clock era.
Vanderbilt opened the game with a 15-2 run and led 37-17 at halftime.
Sheldon Jeter scored also 11 points for Vanderbilt.
Jalen Steele led Mississippi State with nine points.