FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Ole Miss got double-doubles from Derrick Allen and Aaron Harper and the Rebels extended Arkansas’ losing streak to three with a 70-64 victory in Bud Walton Arena Saturday.
The loss drops Arkansas to 10-7 overall and 2-3 in the Southeastern Conference’s Western Division. Ole Miss, which has now won nine of the last 11 meetings with Arkansas, is 14-4 and 3-2.
The Rebels, who had a commanding 46-27 edge in rebounding, joined Wake Forest and Oklahoma as the only recent opponents with current two-game winning streaks in at Arkansas. UA has also lost two straight in Bud Walton Arena for just the second time. In 1999-00, the Razorbacks dropped consecutive home games against Florida and LSU.
The loss may be even worse with the potential loss of senior guard Brandon Dean, the most consistent Razorback of the season. Dean left the game late in the second half after injuring his right knee on an attempted layup. An MRI was scheduled for Saturday night. Dean entered the game averaging 14.5 points and shooting 54.8 percent from the field. He had 11 points on four of nine shooting against the Rebels.
After trailing by five at the half, Dionisio Gomez opened the second period with back-to-back layups, Berry Jordan, who had 10 rebounds, scored and J.J. Sullinger’s layup with 16:26 to play gave the Hogs a 35-34 lead.
Harper answered with a three-pointer, a running jumper and another trey. His 8-0 scoring run put Ole Miss back in control at 42-35 with 14:24 remaining.
Arkansas closed within 47-45 on a three by Dean but Ole Miss scored the next seven points to go up by nine with 6:58 left. UA cut the margin to six in the final minute, but Harper killed any chance of a comeback with a driving layup with 15 seconds to play.
Harper finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds while Allen had 10 points and 16 rebounds.
Jannero Pargo led Arkansas with 14 points. Sullinger, Teddy Gipson and Charles Tatum scored eight each.
Arkansas travels to Georgia on Wednesday for a 6:30 p.m. game, which is not being televised.