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SEC Basketball: Florida, Ole Miss Hold Serve

Unlike Tuesday, there were no upsets on the hardcourt on Wednesday.

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In the first game of Wednesday, the Florida Gators held off the Arkansas Razorbacks 87-83 in Gainesville.

The contest was reasonably close throughout the first half, and UF only went to halftime with a two point lead. It remained close, though with the Gators leading, for a while in the second half, but Florida went on a 14-5 run between the 8:00 and 4:00 marks to build up a lead of a dozen 72-60. As of the 1:25 mark, the home team still held a nine point lead. Arkansas caught fire from deep the rest of the way, making four three pointers to draw the game closer. UF made seven-of-eight from the free throw line in the final minute, though, and that preserved the win.

Dorian Finney-Smith paced the Gators with 22 points and nine boards, while Chris Chiozza put in 17 while dishing eight assists. Anthlon Bell was the top man for the Razorbacks with 24 points, while Dusty Hannahs had 20 and Moses Kingsley had 15 and nine.

In the nightcap, the Ole Miss Rebels needed all of Stefan Moody's 23 points to get a 76-73 road win over the Missouri Tigers. The Rebels, still without Sebastian Saiz, nailed a season high 14 shots from deep, including five from Moody and four each from Rasheed Brooks and Tomasz Gielo.

Ole Miss was never able to open up much of a lead, and the Tigers even led for a decent stretch of the second half. The Rebels took the lead back with just under four minutes to go, with a Brooks triple making it 62-61. From there, Moody made all four of his free throw attempts and Gielo made a pair of long distance shots to hold off Mizzou. Wes Clark had 20 points to lead the Tigers, but he missed a pair of field goal attempts in the final half minute that could've changed the game.