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Arkansas Works Overtime to Beat No. 8 Tennesse

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Arkansas Works Overtime to Beat No. 8 Tennesse
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Carl Baker had a career night and Joe Johnson recorded the third double-double of his career as Arkansas knocked off No. 8 Tennessee, 82-77, in overtime Wednesday.

The win is UA’s fifth in six games and the second straight over a ranked opponent. The Razorbacks beat then-No. 12 Alabama at home on Jan. 20, 87-58.

Tennessee (18-5, 5-4) led most of the way, but Jannero Pargo’s three-pointer with nine seconds left in the first half cut what had been a nine-point deficit to 38-36 at the break.

The game featured 11 ties and 11 lead changes in the second half and in overtime.

Arkansas (14-7, 5-4) took its first lead at 47-46 on Dionisio Gomez’s baseline jumper with 14:14 to play, but UT went ahead 59-56 on a Jon Higgins three with 9:50 to go.

Johnson’s trey with 7:13 left put the Hogs in front 62-61 and the teams traded baskets until Alonzo Lane’s layup with 1:04 to go tied the game at 70-70 and forced the extra period.

The Razorbacks had three chances to win at the end of regulation, but Johnson missed a jumper and Baker missed two shots.

The Volunteers took a 72-70 lead on Vincent Yarbrough’s layup, but a jumper and layup by Johnson gave Arkansas the lead for good at 76-73 with 1:30 remaining in the extra period.

Arkansas, which shot just 10 free throws in regulation, and made five, was eight-of-eight in overtime to get the victory. Baker, Pargo and T.J. Cleveland were all two-for-two in the final minute to secure the win.

Johnson finished with 20 points and a career-high 14 rebounds, and his second double-double of the season. He had 10 points and 13 rebounds at Oklahoma.

Baker had a career-high 16 points and a personal-best three blocked shots. Pargo made five-of-nine three-pointers and finished with 17 points while Lane added 10 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Isiah Victor had 25 points for UT while Yarbrough added 11 points and 15 rebounds.

The Razorbacks shot just 44 percent, but they held Tennessee to 38 percent shooting and forced 17 turnovers while losing the ball 12 times.

Arkansas plays at No. 11 Florida Saturday at noon in a game televised by Jefferson-Pilot.



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