FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Defense was the difference once again as Arkansas recorded its fifth straight win with Saturday’s 82-67 Southeastern Conference victory over Georgia.
Arkansas forced more than 20 turnovers for the second straight game and sent out the lone Razorback senior, Brandon Davis, a winner on Senior Day.
Teddy Gipson, who had one of his best games of the year, scored four points in a 14-2 run which turned a 23-12 deficit into a 26-25 Arkansas lead. Georgia (16-13, 9-7) never led again.
The Bulldogs closed within 36-35, but Blake Eddins made a three-pointer from the top of the key with six seconds left in the half to give Arkansas (19-9, 10-6) a 39-35 lead at the break.
In the second period, Brandon Dean and Eddins hit back-to-back threes to give the Hogs a 54-42 advantage with 15:23 remaining and UA never led by less than 10 the rest of the way.
Arkansas forced 21 turnovers after forcing 28 in Wednesday’s 66-63 win at No. 19 Alabama.
The Razorbacks scored 20 points off the turnovers, many around the basket as the Hogs hit 56 percent of their shots (14-25) in the second half.
Davis also had one of his best games of the season with eight points, two rebounds, two steals and one assist. His eight points are the most he’s scored since getting 11 against Grambling State on Dec. 31.
UA’s top two scorers, Joe Johnson and Jannero Pargo, combined for just 13 points, but four other Razorbacks picked up the scoring load.
Gipson made five-of-seven shots and finished with 16 points, three assists and two steals. Eddins hit two-of-three three-pointers in each half and finished with 12 points, the most he’s had since the 15-point performance against Memphis on Dec. 2. Brandon Dean had his third double-figure outing in five games with 10 points to go with five assists and two steals. T.J.
Cleveland added 10 points and four assists.
D.A. Layne led the Bulldogs with 14 points and Robb Dryden added 12.
Arkansas is off until it faces the Georgia-LSU winner in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament in Nashville on March 9.