MEMORABLE GAME NO. 2 ARKANSAS 65, No. 1 NORTH CAROLINA 64 Feb. 12, 1984, at Pine Bluff
North Carolina was 19-0 and ranked No. 1 nationally when the Tar Heels visited Pine Bluff. Arkansas was on its way to a second-place finish in the Southwest Conference and had defeated SMU in Dallas the day before.
Violent weather kept the Hogs from flying to Pine Bluff until the morning of the game, and the Razorbacks arrived in town two hours before the nationally televised contest.
If the Razorbacks were weary, they showed no signs of it. They defended North Carolina fiercely, holding the Tar Heels to 45 percent shooting. North Carolina had plenty of weapons. Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins and Brad Daugherty, all future NBA stars, were in the starting lineup along with Steve Hale, a guard from Tulsa whose second choice of schools was Arkansas.
The Hogs were armed with Joe Kleine and Alvin Robertson, but the unsung heroes were Darryl Bedford and Charles Balentine. Bedford, a freshman who had been a little used reserve, hit all six of his shots and scored 12 points. Balentine, of course, was the hero at the end.
A crowd of 7,529 was in a frenzy from the opening tipoff to the final buzzer. They watched Jordan score 21 points and Kleine answer with 20. Perkins had 17 and Hale 15. Leroy Sutton scored 11 points, Balentine 10 and Robertson nine for the Hogs.
North Carolina’s largest lead of the first half was five points. UA led by as many as seven before taking a 38-34 advantage at the break. The second half was a nailbiter and the Tar Heels led by one with only seconds to play. Balentine drove the baseline and hit an eight-footer to give Arkansas the lead before UNC missed a buzzer shot.
Arkansas 65, North Carolina 64 Feb. 12, 1984 Pine Bluff Convention Center * Pine Bluff, Ark. * Att.: 7,529
|44||Matt Doherty *||2||9||1||1||4||2||5||4||3||0||1||36|
|41||Sam Perkins *||5||10||7||8||11||3||17||0||1||0||0||34|
|42||Brad Daugherty *||0||3||2||2||3||5||2||1||1||1||1||22|
|25||Steve Hale *||5||9||5||5||0||4||15||6||2||0||4||37|
|23||Michael Jordan *||9||15||3||5||1||2||21||1||4||0||0||35|
|FG%||1st Half: 11-22 .500||2nd Half: 11-27 .407||Game: .449||DEADBALL REBOUNDS|
|F Throw%||1st Half: 12-13 .923||2nd Half: 8-10 .800||Game: .870||2|
|24||Charles Balentine *||4||8||2||2||3||2||10||2||0||0||1||39|
|33||Leroy Sutton *||5||6||1||2||3||5||11||0||2||0||0||16|
|35||Joe Kleine *||5||12||10||10||10||2||20||0||3||1||1||39|
|14||Ricky Norton *||1||3||0||0||5||2||2||5||3||0||2||33|
|21||Alvin Robertson *||3||7||3||6||2||4||9||10||3||0||2||34|
|FG%||1st Half: 13-26 .500||2nd Half: 11-17 .647||Game: .558||DEADBALL REBOUNDS|
|F Throw%||1st Half: 12-14 .857||2nd Half: 5-8 .635||Game: .773||4|
Officials: Forte, Clougherty, Donaghy Technical fouls: Arkansas – Eddie Sutton Attendance: 7,529 (arena record)
|Score by Periods||1st||2nd||Total|