FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. Like a football coach who lost the coin toss, Arkansas basketball coach Nolan Richardson went with his defense first and kept his offense on the bench.
Jannero Pargo sat while Charles Tatum and his teammates set a frantic pace with three steals in the first 89 seconds. Pargo entered the game after four minutes and scored a career-high 35 points, including a three-pointer that sent the game into overtime and a 14-foot jumper with 2.7 seconds to play, as Arkansas beat No. 5 Florida 94-92 on Saturday.
"I didn't start him because I wanted to get defense started early and let him score off the bench, and he did," Richardson said.
When Orien Greene's three-pointer clanged off the rim at the buzzer to give the Gators their second straight loss, students stormed the court.
"After I saw that last shot, I thought we'd gotten beat," Richardson said. "He had a great look and the ball was on line."
Pargo, who had been struggling with his shot, was 7-of-8 from behind the arc against the Gators (15-3, 4-2 SEC). During his slump, Arkansas (11-8, 3-4) had lost four straight.
Arkansas went in front for the first time since early in the game when Michael Jones got loose on the baseline for a 78-77 lead with 1:27 to play. Udonis Haslem, who missed two free throws with the Gators in front 76-74, made four straight to put Florida up 81-78 before Pargo was good from 22 feet with 25 seconds to play in regulation.
Pargo got around Florida's Justin Hamilton to hit the game-winner with the score tied 92-92 in overtime.
"He knocked down some crazy shots but you have to respect his shooting," Hamilton said.
No. 3 Maryland 84, Florida State 63
College Park, Md. Juan Dixon had 25 points, 11 rebounds and eight steals for the Terrapins (16-3, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who have won 13 straight at home since losing 74-71 to Florida State last February.
Anthony Richardson scored 14 points for the Seminoles (10-8, 3-4), who are 0-4 on the road in the ACC this season.
No. 4 Cincinnati 78, South Florida 68
Tampa, Fla. Steve Logan scored 27 points and Cincinnati made 17 of 19 free throws in the final six minutes to extend the nation's longest winning streak to 19 games. The Bearcats (19-1, 7-0 Conference USA) took control with a 12-2 run midway through the second half. Will McDonald matched his career-high with 28 points for South Florida (13-6, 4-3).
No. 14 Alabama 64,
No. 8 Kentucky 61
Lexington, Ky. Erwin Dudley scored 16 points and Rod Grizzard had 14 as Alabama beat Kentucky. Mo Williams and Antoine Pettway added 13 points each as the Tide (17-3, 5-1 SEC) snapped Kentucky's four-game win streak. Tayshaun Prince scored 14 points for the Wildcats (13-5, 3-3).
No. 9 Illinois 57
Bloomington, Ind. Dane Fife scored 20 points and the Hoosiers (13-6, 6-1 Big Ten) set a school record with 17 three-pointers. Frank Williams had 11 points for the Illini (15-5, 4-3 Big Ten), who suffered their worst loss since 1991 and were held to a season-low point total.
No. 25 Connecticut 100, No. 10 Arizona 98, OT
Tucson, Ariz. Freshman Emeka Okafor had 19 points, 15 rebounds and nine blocked shots as the Huskies (14-3) won their sixth straight. Salim Stoudamire, who scored 20 points, made consecutive three-pointers to start overtime for Arizona (13-6) a 97-91 lead, but UConn outscored the Wildcats 9-1 the rest of the way.
No. 12 Syracuse 81, Virginia Tech 69
Syracuse, N.Y. DeShaun Williams scored a career-high 28 points and Preston Shumpert had 25 as Syracuse defeated Virginia Tech. The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Orangemen (17-4, 6-1 Big East) and sent Virginia Tech (6-13, 0-7) to its 16th straight conference loss. Kueth Duany had 15 points for Syracuse. Bryant Matthews led the Hokies with 16 points.
No. 13 UCLA 64, Cal 57
Los Angeles Jason Kapono and Billy Knight hit key baskets in the final 4:19 and UCLA beat Cal. The Bruins (14-5) moved into a tie for second in the Pac-10 at 6-3 with Arizona. California (14-4, 5-3) had its four-game winning streak snapped.
No. 15 Georgia 84
Nashville, Tenn. Freshman Jason Holwerda scored with 4.9 seconds left and Vanderbilt (13-6, 3-3) won its third straight Southeastern Conference game. Georgia (16-4, 5-2) had trailed by 10 points but rallied to tie the game twice in the final 1:24. Brendan Plavich led the Commodores with a career-high 22 points. Ezra Williams led Georgia with 19 points.
No. 23 USC 90,
No. 17 Stanford 82
Los Angeles Sam Clancy had 24 points and 13 rebounds, for USC. The Trojans snapped a four-game losing streak to the Cardinal at the Los Angeles Sports Arena and remained atop the Pac-10. Errick Craven made a three-pointer with 1:04 remaining for the last of his 18 points for USC (15-4, 7-2). Casey Jacobsen led Stanford (12-5, 5-3) with 21.
No. 16 Gonzaga 70, Saint Mary's 52
Spokane, Wash. Dan Dickau scored 19 points as Gonzaga posted its 23rd straight home victory. Cory Violette added 13 points and eight rebounds for Gonzaga (18-3, 5-1 West Coast Conference).
No. 19 Oregon 94, Washington St. 86
Pullman, Wash. Luke Ridnour scored a career-high 24 points to lead Oregon. James Davis added a career-high 21 points for the Ducks (15-5, 7-2 Pac-10). Marcus Moore scored a career-high 35 points for Washington State (4-14, 0-10), which has lost 12 straight.
No. 20 Ohio St. 71
Minneapolis Travarus Bennett scored 21 points for Minnesota, which snapped the Buckeyes' nine-game winning streak. The Golden Gophers (11-7, 4-3 Big Ten) shot 9-for-14 from three-point range. Sean Connolly had 17 points for the Buckeyes (15-3, 6-1).
No. 21 Wake Forest 87, Georgia Tech 74
Winston-Salem, N.C. Josh Howard had 20 points and seven steals, and Darius Songaila had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Demon Deacons (14-6, 4-3 ACC), who had lost to No. 10 Virginia, top-ranked Duke and No. 3 Maryland in the last eight days. Tony Akins had 20 points for Georgia Tech (7-13, 0-7), which lost its sixth in a row.