COLUMBIA, S.C. – Arkansas rallied from a 10-point deficit with 3:36 to play and knocked off South Carolina Tuesday in Southeastern Conference play for its second road win of the year, 69-67, in a game televised nationally by ESPN. Joe Johnson’s three-pointer from the left wing with 12 seconds to play was the game-winner and gave Arkansas its only lead of the second half.
Following a timeout, USC’s Antonio Grant missed a three-pointer from the right wing with 4.5 seconds to go. Johnson claimed the rebound, his team-high seventh, and ran out the clock for the victory. UA (16-9, 7-6) trailed by four at the half, 37-33, and by seven twice before the Gamecocks (13-11, 5-8) went on a 6-0 run to take a 65-55 lead on two Rolando Howell free throws with 3:36 left. Brandon Dean started the rally by scoring on a layup, then making a steal near midcourt and feeding Teddy Gipson for another layup. Gipson made another steal and Johnson scored on a layup with 2:58 to go to get the Hogs within 65-61. After another USC turnover, T.J. Cleveland scored two of his team-high 15 points on an 18-footer to cut the deficit to two. Following a timeout, Howell scored on a putback to give South Carolina a four-point lead with 1:34 left. Dean answered with a three-pointer for three of his seven points then made his game-high fourth steal. A foul gave UA possession with 47 seconds remaining and the Razorbacks called a timeout with 31 seconds to play, setting up Johnson’s game-winner on a pass from Cleveland. Arkansas picked up the win despite being out-shot 31-1 at the free-throw line. The Gamecocks were 18-of-31 at the stripe while Cleveland made UA’s only free throw to complete a three-point play. The Gamecocks also out-shot the Hogs from the field, 49 percent to 41 percent, but by not getting to the line and forcing 19 USC turnovers, Arkansas took 76 shots (making 31) while USC was 22-of-45. Johnson finished with 11 points and added five assists. Jannero Pargo had eight points, and Gipson, Alonzo Lane and Larry Satchell six each. Howell led South Carolina with 20 points and 16 rebounds. Arkansas plays host to Kentucky Sunday at noon in a game televised nationally by CBS.