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Big First-Half Deficit Too Much for Arkansas t

Big First-Half Deficit Too Much for Arkansas t
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas struggled offensively in the first half against No. 20 Georgia and the Bulldogs used their big first-half advantage to claim an 81-64 Southeastern Conference victory over the Razorbacks Saturday at Bud Walton Arena.

Arkansas scored 15 points in a half for the second consecutive half and trailed Georgia 33-15 at the half. Last Saturday, Arkansas scored 15 points in the second half of the 52-37 loss to Auburn.

Against Georgia, the Razorbacks (5-9, 0-3) made just five of 22 shots (.227) and had 12 turnovers in the first 20 minutes. The Bulldogs (10-4, 2-1) shot 44 percent on 11 of 25 shooting with 11 of their 33 points coming of Hog turnovers.

UA out-scored Georgia 49-48 in the second half, but the Bulldogs still shot better, 51.4 percent to 34.9 percent. The Razorbacks trailed by 30, 71-41 with 5:15 remaining, but made a run and got within 13, 77-64, with 17 seconds left on a three-pointer by Jonathon Modica.

“Today, we saw a totally different team in the second half,” head coach Stan Heath said. “We need to play 40 minutes like that. Right now, it is more mental than physical. Georgia made us look passive. We have to give them a lot of credit. We did see some good things. Dionisio Gomez did well on the glass today and Eric Ferguson had a four to one assist to turnover ratio, and Wenbos Mukubu gave us a lot of energy. We really liked his hustle and effort.”

Arkansas out-rebounded Georgia, 52-35, with 24 of those rebounds coming on the offensive end. The Razorbacks had a 16-9 advantage on second-chance points.

Eric Ferguson led the Hogs with 17 points with 15 of those coming in the second half. He was five of 12 from the field and had four assists with just one turnover. Kendrick Davis scored 15 points, all in the second period, on five of 12 shooting. Modica and Mukubu added eight points each.

Gomez scored six points and had a career-high 17 rebounds, including a personal-best 12 offensive boards.

Ezra Williams led Georgia with 19 points on seven of 13 shooting. Jarvis Hayes had 15 points. He was six of six from the field, including two of two from three-point range, and was one of one at the line.

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