Freshman Andrew Nembhard hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds to play, capping a tense final minute in which the teams traded big shots.
Not that a nail-biter should have been a surprise.
The game went back and forth down the stretch, and was tied 73-all with time quickly winding down.
LSU-Florida never disappoints, does it?
LSU (26-6) was a 3 ½-point favourite and had won five straight without coach Will Wade, who remains suspended indefinitely despite asking Thursday to rejoin the Tigers for the post-season.
A year ago, after his freshman season, Gafford surprised some Draft analysts by consulting with the Arkansas coaching staff and his family and deciding to return to school, even though he was generally regarded as first-round material. Smart was held out of the Tigers' win over Vanderbilt to end the regular season. Found me. I had to let it go. "I heard guys (say) when there's an interim coach, you're not getting any calls".More news: Washington reacts to Afghan NSA Hamdullah Mohib's remarks regarding US-Taliban talks
Wade's stand-in played a key role in the outcome when he picked up a technical foul with 3:45 remaining.
The Razorbacks don't have any seniors this season, and among the nine players in their regular rotation are six newcomers.
"Naz kind of pushed through the screen, the pin down of the defender", Benford said.
"The ref blew his whistle, then the shot was after the whistle, I thought. I don't care. We just got to move forward and keep pushing".
"Unfortunately, I probably shouldn't have gotten the T, looking back on it", Benford said.
"Coach Will Wade has yet to deny any wrongdoing to us or publicly", Skinner said in the statement. "We're not going to get any calls".More news: Huawei Has an Android Alternative, But It Doesn't Want to Use It
Reid finished with 26 points and 14 rebounds.
Nembhard led five Gators in double figures with 20 points.
LSU looked to tie the score with 22 seconds to go, but wanted to save some clock in the process.
"I knew he was going to hit it", said the Gators' Keyontae Johnson.
Suffice it to say Gafford listened to those opinions in the latter camp, the people who thought he had some work left to do before he should even consider the National Basketball Association. The letter also reportedly stated that "upon conclusion of the pending (Southern District of New York) criminal investigation, Coach Wade will be happy to meet with you and LSU's Board of Supervisors and to answer any and all questions you may have". That sort of thing.
The Florida Gators men's basketball game arrived into their matchup with LSU as the eighth seed in the SEC Tournament. The win, which was Florida's second over the ninth-ranked Tigers this season, gave the Gators (19-14) a marquee March win that should separate it from the likes of N.C. State, Indiana, Texas and others sweating it out this weekend.More news: Gambino 'mob boss' shot dead outside NY home