COLUMBIA, Mo. — After rallying to take the lead with under a minute to go behind a 10-0 run, the Arkansas men’s basketball team suffered a heart-breaking 86-85 loss on Thursday night as Jabari Brown’s turnaround jumper in the lane with 11 seconds left helped Missouri prevail at Mizzou Arena.
Arkansas called timeout following the Brown make and was able to draw up a play that resulted in junior Rashad Madden(@RKMadden00) getting to the rim, but his bid at the game-winner rimmed out and a chance at the tip just slipped wide.
Both teams entered with a 4-6 SEC record, as Arkansas now stands at 15-9 overall and 4-7 in league action with seven games remaining, including four at Bud Walton Arena. Missouri (17-7, 5-6) snapped a season-long, three-game losing streak with the win.
Trailing by as many as 11 early in the second half and 83-75 with 3:38 remaining, Arkansas climbed all the way back to take the lead thanks to an 10-0 run that absorbed a span of 3:30. Five different players scored on the run that ended with senior Mardracus Wade(@WadeNoDwyane) giving the Razorbacks an 85-83 advantage with 1:17 to play, while Missouri went 3:44 and four possessions without scoring.
Jordan Clarkson broke the scoreless streak for the Tigers by hitting the first of his two free throws that made it an 85-84 Arkansas edge with 54 seconds left. The Razorbacks committed just their eighth turnover of the game on the next possession before Brown hit the eventual game winner.
Madden was one of the catalysts for Arkansas’ comeback, scoring 12 of his team-high 17 points in the second half to lead five double figure scorers. Redshirt junior Alandise Harris(@AlandiseHarris) scored an SEC season-high 16 points in 18 minutes off the bench, while freshman Bobby Portis(@BPortisTime)produced 15 points and eight rebounds.
Missouri was led by the duo of Clarkson and Brown who combined for 52 points and 25-of-28 at the free throw line. Clarkson led all scorers with 27 points, while Brown was right behind him with 25.
Worthy Of A Hog Call (#WPS) Arkansas took its largest lead of the second half, 71-67, with 9:05 to go when sophomore Michael Qualls (@Mr_WalkOnAir) finished off a pair of alley-oops over a 23-second span. The second dunk also drew a foul, as Qualls completed the three-point play. The two dunks occupied the No. 3 and No. 4 spots on SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays, giving Qualls seven #SCtop10 slams this season.
Key(s) To The Contest Each team finished with nearly identical stats across the board and combined to shoot 75 free throws. Missouri hit its first 23 shots from the charity stripe and finished 34-of-38 for the game. Behind 10 attempts from Madden, Arkansas went 29-of-37 at the free throw line.
@RazorbackMBB Quick Hits âž¢ Missouri now leads the all-time series at 21-20. âž¢ The two meetings between the two programs have been decided by a total of five points. âž¢ Arkansas has played four games in SEC play decided by two points or less. âž¢ The 29 free throws matched a season-high while the 37 attempts are the third-most. âž¢ Sixth time this season five players have reached double figures (4-2). âž¢ Madden has led the team in scoring seven times in SEC action. âž¢ Madden has reached double figures in 18 of the last 21 games. âž¢ Fifth time in SEC play that Madden has scored double figures in the second half. âž¢ Harris’s 16 points were part of a 31-11 advantage in bench points for Arkansas. âž¢ The 16 points were Harris’ most since the final two games of the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational. âž¢ Portis has now led Arkansas on the boards in six straight contests and 13 overall. âž¢ Portis and Qualls have both reached double figures 17 times. âž¢ Qualls’s back-to-back dunks give a team-best 25 on the year. âž¢ Senior Coty Clarke (@CTC_4) reached double figures for the third time in four games. âž¢ Senior Mardracus Wade(@WadeNoDwyane) moved into seventh place in program history with 76 career steals in SEC play. âž¢ Senior Fred Gulley III (@FG_3_) came away with his seventh multi-steal game of the year and has just one turnover in six road games (124 minutes).
Coach Anderson Postgame Sound “Well first of all give credit to Missouri they made one more play than we did. We were in position and didn’t finish the deal, but I have to give credit to them–Brown, he made a play. That’s what good players do is make a play. We had the ball going down the stretch and we thought we had a good look in terms of (Madden) going to the basket. It was a game that was pretty disruptive with all the free throws, but all in all I thought it was two teams competing and competing at a high level. Great energy on the floor, great energy in the building, and I’ll say it again, credit to Missouri. They made one more play than we did. I told the guys we didn’t lose the game we just ran out of time, that’s all.”
#Fastest40 Facts âž¢ Arkansas won the turnover battle for the 27th time in its last 28 games, including 23 of 24 this season. âž¢ Eight turnovers were the fourth single-digit performance this season. âž¢ Committed just four turnovers in each half. âž¢ Razorbacks have now won the turnover battle 76 times in 88 games under coach Anderson. âž¢ Razorbacks finished with a positive assist/turnover ratio for the 21st time in 24 games, while opponent has done so just four times.
@RazorbackMBB Postgame Tweetables (140 Characters Or Less) âž¢ Two more #SCtop10 dunks from @Mr_WalkOnAir as he comes in at No. 3 & No. 4 on a pair of alley-oops. He now has 7 #SCtop10 plays this season.
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Up Next In just two days, @RazorbackMBB will return to the friendly confines of Bud Walton Arena to host LSU (15-8, 6-5) on Saturday. Arkansas will honor members of its six Final Four teams at halftime, while it was also present former Arkansas Governor and President of the United States Bill Clinton with a No. 42 jersey. Tip is slated for 4:05 p.m. on ESPNU.
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