An injured ankle sustained during Wednesday's victory over South Carolina prevented Florida Gators senior point guard Scottie Wilbekin from starting against Arkansas Saturday.
It did not prevent his finish in regulation and overtime from finishing the Razorbacks, 84-82, on Saturday before a packed house of 18,040 at Walton Arena.
Wilbekin's jumper inside with two seconds left in regulation tied the score, 66-66, after Arkansas had dominated much of the game, leading by as much as seven, while Florida never led by more than one.
In overtime with Florida leading, 68-66, on Patric Young's basket, Wilbekin intercepted a Razorbacks pass on one end and converted it to a 3-point shot on the other for a 71-66 that kept Arkansas playing catch-up ever after.
Coach Mike Anderson's Razorbacks had to foul and Wilbekin kept the ball to be the man to be fouled. He hit consecutive free throws at :35 and :29 and 5.4 seconds left.
Wilbekin did miss two with 21 seconds left and Florida leading, 82-79, but the Razorbacks squandered their possession, eventually missing on Alandise Harris's inside shot with 5.4 seconds left.
Wilbekin hit his final two free throws before Michael Qualls' 3-pointer right before the buzzer left Arkansas two points short.
Coach Billy Donovan's 10th-ranked Gators improved to 13-2, 2-0 in the SEC.
Arkansas, playing far better than its disastrous 69-53 SEC debut loss at Texas A&M on Wednesday night in College Station, Texas, fell to 11-4, 0-2 in the SEC.
Dorian Finney-Smith, subbing Casey Prather, Florida's leading scorer who did not play because of a severely bruised knee sustained during the Gators' victory over South Carolina, led the Gators with 22 points and 15 rebounds.
Wilbekin, playing 30 minutes on his injured ankle, scored 18 while forward Michael Frazier added 15 and Young tallied 10 despite fouling out in the overtime.
Arkansas junior guard Ky Madden led the Razorbacks with a career high 23 points.
Forward Coty Clarke, scoring 13 points in the first half that Arkansas led, 36-35, finished with 16, while freshman center Bobby Portis, tallied 14 for the Razorbacks, with Harris scoring 11 and Qualls tallying 10.
NOTES: The loss ended Arkansas' Walton Arena winning streak at 23 games, which included a 9-0 mark in the SEC last season.