KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Arkansas shot 33 percent in each half and Tennessee outscored the Razorbacks 21-4 at the free throw line as the Razorbacks dropped a 64-53 decision Wednesday.
The loss drops UA to 12-11 overall and 4-7 in the Southeastern Conference while UT is 13-11 and 6-5.
Tennessee shot 57.9 percent in the first half (11-19) and was 14 of 14 at the line in building a 41-31 lead at the break.
The Volunteers also shot 33 percent in the second half and were seven of nine at the line as Arkansas closed within 57-51 with 4:24 to play on a three-pointer by Jannero Pargo. Derek Stribling made a layup for Tennessee and Thaydeus Holden made a three to push the lead back to 11 with 2:10 remaining.
The Razorbacks forced 17 turnovers but made just 21 of 63 shots and got to the free throw line only seven times, making four shots. The Hogs were 12 of 36 in the first half and nine of 27 in the second. UA also made just seven of 25 three-pointers, 28 percent.
In the first half, Tennessee jumped out to a 17-5 lead before Arkansas climbed within 21-14 on a jumper and a three-pointer by Michael Jones. A Carl Baker jumper closed the gap to 23-19, but Vincent Yarbrough scored and Jon Higgins hit a trey for a 28-19 lead.
Freshmen J.J Sullinger, Michael Jones and Matt Jones scored 23 of Arkansas’ 31 first-half points. Sullinger led the club with 13 points and seven rebounds. Pargo finished with 10 points, Michael Jones eight and Matt Jones seven.
Marcus Haislip led Tennessee with 20 points on five of eight shooting from the field and nine of 12 shooting at the line. Yarbrough had 14 points and eight rebounds, and Holden had 13 points.
Arkansas entertains LSU Saturday at 2 p.m. in a non-televised game.