Florida cruises with 75-43 win over Arkansas at O-Dome


Published: Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 10:27 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 10:27 p.m.

So much for short turnarounds.

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Florida forward Alex Tyus dunks the ball against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the first half at the O'Connell Center on Saturday.

Matt Stamey/Staff photographer

A little more than 48 hours after an ugly win at Auburn, Florida put together a dominating performance against Arkansas. Sophomore guard Kenny Boynton led three scorers in double figures with 20 points as the Gators cruised to a 75-43 win over the Razorbacks at the O'Connell Center.

Alex Tyus and Vernon Macklin added 13 points apiece for Florida (15-4, 4-1 SEC), which moved into sole possession of first place in the SEC East. Senior forward Chandler Parsons had 5 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.

After scoring less than 25 points in the first half in each of its last two games, Florida made the most of its first 20 minutes Saturday night. The Gators built a 39-17 halftime lead, shooting 57.1 percent from the floor in the first half while limiting Arkansas to 24 percent.

Macklin scored Florida's first eight points, two on inside hooks, one on a feed from Boynton and one on a bank shot in the lane. The Gators jumped to an early 10-2 lead. After Arkansas cut Florida's lead to 17-11 on a Julysses Nobles free throw, the Gators responded with a 12-0 run to take control of the game. Boynton scored the first five points of the run with a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws. Macklin followed with a three-point play. Tyus then added a turn-around jumper and put-back to extend UF's lead to 29-11.

Florida made 11 of its first 16 shots and finished with 18 first-half points in the paint.

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