FAYETTEVILLE — For as much as Arkansas struggled on the road this season, the Razorbacks could always depend on one thing: success in Bud Walton Arena.

FAYETTEVILLE — For as much as Arkansas struggled on the road this season, the Razorbacks could always depend on one thing: success in Bud Walton Arena.

But Arkansas’ aura of invincibility at home during Mike Anderson’s first season came to a screeching halt during a 98-68 loss to No. 12 coaches-ranked Florida on Saturday night. In fact, Arkansas’ first home loss of the season will now be remembered as the worst ever in Bud Walton Arena.

Florida (21-6, 9-3 in Southeastern Conference), behind an eye-opening three-point barrage, buried the Razorbacks (17-10, 5-7) early and ruined their chance at a perfect home record in front of an announced crowd of 18,913. Guard Erving Walker led the charge with a career-high 31 points and Kenny Boynton added 25 as the Gators went 13-for-23 from behind the 3-point line in the win.

“It’s always tough to take a loss at home or on the road,” Arkansas guard B.J. Young said. “But when you have a showing like this in front of your fans, it’s tough.”

The 30-point loss is Arkansas’ biggest in the arena’s 19-year history, topping a 73-51 loss to Auburn in 2009. Fittingly, that 22-point loss came under former coach John Pelphrey, who watched Saturday’s rout from the Florida bench as an assistant on Billy Donovan’s staff.

Florida’s big win also established another low for the Razorbacks in the building. The 98 points equaled the most scored against the Razorbacks in BWA, which Ole Miss first set with a 98-91 overtime win in 2009. The 30-point loss also equaled Arkansas’ third-largest in a Southeastern Conference game, behind a 32-point loss at Florida in 2011 and a 31-point loss at Kentucky in 2010.

“It was a perfect storm in a lot of ways,” Florida coach Billy Donovan said. “We got to the free-throw line and we shot the ball well. Our backcourt was really good.”

Florida entered the game leading the nation in three-point field goals and added to that total Saturday.

The Gators, who were just 23-for-77 (30 percent) from long range in their previous three games, broke out of the slump with a big first half against the Hogs. Walker, Boynton and the rest of the Gators combined to make 9 of 14 en route to building a 53-27 halftime lead. The first half success featured one stretch in which the Gators made seven consecutive field goals on 3-pointers. The spurt helped Florida extend a 21-11 lead to 42-21.

“I was totally shocked to see us come out and get behind that fast,” Anderson said. “I thought it was like Murphy’s Law. Whatever could go wrong did go wrong.”

Said forward Devonta Abron: “They came hitting shots. We contested, they still made shots.”

Arkansas tried to put together a run in the second half behind Young, but Florida remained in control throughout. The Razorbacks couldn’t crawl any closer than 22 points and trailed by as much as 32 in the loss.

Young finished with a career-high 31 points, including 23 in the second half, on 10 of 19 shooting. But the rest of the Razorbacks were little help Saturday, combining for 37 points on 11 of 38 shooting (28.9 percent).

“B.J. was the best player on the floor for our team,” Anderson said. “He’s been playing well all year long, so it didn’t surprise me. I think he lives for games like this here. He just needed some help. “When you look at Florida, they had good balance, and we just had two guys in double figures.” Walker, Boynton and freshman Bradley Beal combined to score 77 of Florida’s points. The Gators shot 58.3 percent, while Arkansas finished at 36.8 percent.

“I’m not so sure a team is 30 points better than anybody in this league,” Donovan said. “It just happened to be one of those nights where everyone shot the ball very, very well and things just went well for us.”

Arkansas now has lost four times in its past five games, continuing a stretch of rough performances. Three of the losses have come by 13 points or more and featured enormous first-half deficits the Hogs couldn’t overcome.

Anderson said afterward it was simply a “tough day at the office” and added a loss is a loss, no matter the margin. He said the next few days are important for the Razorbacks — who are now 17-1 at home — as they try to regroup in time for Thursday’s game against Alabama.

“We’ve done a good job in terms of taking care of home, so it’s going to be important for us to bounce back,” Anderson said. “We enjoyed 17 of them here … This one here has got to hurt. We’ve got to get prepared for a Thursday day. It’s a big game for us. Every game’s a big game for this basketball team.”