Hogs Drop SEC Opener To No.25 Florida

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FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM)– The Arkansas men’s basketball team suffered their first home and Southeastern Conference loss off the season on Thursday night, falling to No. 25 Florida 81-72. The Razorbacks (11-2) built a strong non-conference record and even boasted an eight-game win streak, but the Gators snapped that.

Little Rock native KeVaugh Allen lit up the scoreboard for Florida (10,3)  scoring 15 points in just the first half. He went on to finish the night with 21 points, matching his season-high. Allen’s sharp shooting helped the gators build a nine point lead by halftime. Arkansas was able to briefly cut the lead to just three points, thanks to a 7-1 run in the second half, but the Gators fought back. The Gators wee able to build a commanding lead, due to their 50-percents shooting in the second half.

Like all season, junior guard Daryl Macon was an offensive force for the Razorbacks, scoring a game-high 22 points. Macon hit 7 of 10 shots, and was 3-for-5 from the three-point range.

Arkansas travels to Tennessee next. They will face the Volunteers on Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 5:30 p.m. on the SEC Network.