Arkansas crafted a 40-36 lead at halftime. Vanderbilt managed to tie the game twice in the second half, at 48 and 58. With the game tied at 58, Gary Ervin broke the deadlock with a layup and three-pointer to give Arkansas a lead it did not relinquish. Arkansas advances to the tournament semifinals on Saturday, March 15, at 1 p.m. vs. Tennessee. This will be the second-consecutive year for Arkansas to play in the semifinals, and the Razorbacks have a 4-6 all-time record when playing in the SEC Tournament semis. Earlier this season, Tennessee defeated Arkansas 93-71 in Knoxville on Feb. 13.
Arkansas is 21-10 overall and has won two in a row and three of their last four. Arkansas is 19-15 all-time in the SEC Tournament, including 3-0 vs. Vanderbilt. Arkansas is 13-7 all-time in games played in the Georgia Dome. Arkansas now leads the Vanderbilt series, 14-7. Arkansas is 4-1 vs. ranked teams this season, defeating Vanderbilt twice, Florida, and Mississippi State earlier in the campaign. Arkansas dominated the game around the basket. The Razorbacks captured the rebounding, 45-24; second-chance points, 20-6; and points in the paint, 50-20. Arkansas won the bench scoring, 26-9. Five Razorbacks scored in double figures, the first time Arkansas has achieved that feat this season. Darian Townes tied his season high with 18 points and he shared game-high rebounding honors with seven boards. Gary Ervin posted a season-high 18 points. This year’s SEC Legend for Arkansas is Corliss Williamson (1993-95).
Vanderbilt is 26-7 overall. Vanderbilt is 29-46 all-time in the SEC Tournament, including 0-3 vs. Arkansas. Vanderbilt is 7-12 in the tourney when played in Atlanta, including 5-9 in the Georgia Dome. Vanderbilt was led by Alex Gordon, who poured in 22 points. This was Gordon’s second 20-point game of the season. Gordon became the 38th player in school history to reach 1,000 points in his career. He now has 1,001 points as a Commodore. Shane Foster had 14 points, including two three-pointers. He now has 366 three-pointers in his career, tying Arkansas’ Pat Bradley for second place in SEC history for three-pointers made.