Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era
Razorbacks upset No. 2 Gators, 80-69
Arkansas finally gave second-year coach Mike Anderson the signature win he had been looking for.
BJ Young led three players in double figures with 13 points as the Razorbacks opened quickly and never let up in a shocking 80-69 victory over No. 2 Florida on Tuesday night.
The win improves the Razorbacks (14-8, 5-4 Southeastern Conference) to 14-1 at home this season, and it snaps a 10-game winning streak for the Gators -- who had ascended to the No. 2 spot in The AP Top 25 one day earlier.
Arkansas opened the game 15 of 20 from the field. Michael Qualls and Marshawn Powell added 11 points each and all 11 players scored for the Razorbacks in their first win over a top 10 team since early in 2008-09.
Mike Rosario led Florida (18-3, 8-1) with 15 points, while Scottie Wilbekin had 14.
After trailing by as many as 23 points in the first half, the Gators cut the lead to 43-26 at halftime.
The Razorbacks didn't give Florida a chance to come up for air to open the second half, forcing turnovers on two straight possessions to open the second half and extending the lead 49-26 following a jumper by Qualls.
Florida had one final run in it -- responding with an 11-2 stretch to cut the deficit to 51-37 after an inside basket by Michael Frazier.
The Gators did close the lead to 11 points, but by then it was too late against an Arkansas team in desperate need of a signature win, one that hasn't reached the NCAA tournament since 2008. The Razorbacks were then coached by current Florida assistant coach John Pelphrey, who entered Bud Walton Arena to handshakes and hugs Tuesday night before walking off the court with a stunning loss in his second return to his former home.
The win was Arkansas' first over a team ranked in the top 10 since victories over No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 7 Texas early in 2008-09, Pelphrey's second season.
Anderson took over last season, and his previous best win was over then-No. 15 Mississippi State.
Miami 72, Boston College 50: Kenny Kadji scored 10 points during a span of four possessions to start a second-half surge and the Hurricanes remained unbeaten in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Reserve junior Rion Brown tied a career high with 22 points, and Kadji had 16 points and eight rebounds in 21 minutes for the Hurricanes (18-3, 9-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Olivier Hanlan scored 16 points for Boston College (10-12, 2-7), which lost to Miami for the second time in three weeks, and for the sixth straight time.
Kansas State 68, Texas Tech 59: Rodney McGruder had 18 points and nine rebounds to lead the No. 13 Wildcats.
Angel Rodriguez added 13 points and Thomas Gibson had 13 for the Wildcats (18-4, 7-2 Big 12).
Jordan Tolbert scored 19 points for the Red Raiders and Dejan Kravic added 12 for Texas Tech (9-11, 2-7), which finished with four turnovers, its fewest of the season.
Villanova 94, DePaul 71: Ryan Arcidiacono scored 23 points and the Wildcats put together an impressive shooting display to pull away for a victory over the Blue Demons.
Cleveland Melvin scored 19 points and Jamee Crockett had 16 for DePaul (10-12, 1-8).
Purdue 58, Penn State 49: Ronnie Johnson scored 16 points and A.J. Hammons 15 as the Boilermakers (12-11, 5-5 Big Ten) downed the Nittany Lions.
D.J. Newbill, who had seven previous 20-point games for Penn State, scored 17 to lead the Nittany Lions (8-14, 0-10).