Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Frazier Wins It at the Line; Gators Guard Struggles from the Field but Sinks Razorbacks with 1.9 Seconds Left

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Frazier Wins It at the Line; Gators Guard Struggles from the Field but Sinks Razorbacks with 1.9 Seconds Left

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Byline: Garry Smits

GAINESVILLE | Michael Frazier has been the only University of Florida player with any consistency at the foul line this season.

Imagine, then, the relief and subsequent joy of 11,861 at the Stephen C. Connell Center on Saturday when it was the junior guard and 85.7 percent free-throw shooter who strolled to the line and calmly made both attempts with 1.9 seconds left to lift the Gators over Arkansas 57-56.

Frazier, who missed all five of his 3-point attempts and scored only six points, rebounded a missed layup by teammate Chris Chiozza on the weak side of the basket and was fouled by Alandise Harris on the follow-up shot. Frazier's free throws were the 25th and 26th he has made in a row, going back to the opening Southeastern Conference game of the season against South Carolina. He has made 34-of-37 (.919) in his last 16 games.

"I knew [the foul shots] were going to go in," said UF forward Dorian Finney-Smith, who led the Gators (12-9, 5-3 SEC) with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. "He had a tough night shooting, but I told him earlier that he was going to make the game-winning play."

Arkansas coach Mike Anderson was clearly unhappy about the foul called on Harris, which was made by official John Hampton.

"What I was disappointed with more than anything was the officiating going down the stretch," he said. "John Hampton made one of the more critical calls in this game. The last play, I was not satisfied with***it was tough from the standpoint that both teams were fighting and it came down to what took place."

Donovan, who is now 10-0 against Arkansas (16-5, 5-3) at home, had a better vantage point, with the play occurring at the end of the court where the UF bench is located.

"I don't want to say whether Michael did or did not get fouled," Donovan said. "I looked like there was a lot of contact."

Frazier said he was glad it wasn't up to him.

"The referee made the call," he said. "I didn't make the call, and we're lucky it went our way."

Before Frazier's winning shots, Florida made only 15 of 23 free throws.

The teams combined for 30 turnovers, 7 of 38 from behind the 3-point arc (. …

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