FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Memphis scored the last eight points of the game, including four free throws in the final 12.5 seconds, as the Tigers rallied to a 72-67 victory over Arkansas Thursday at Bud Walton Arena.
Michael Jones’ fourth three-pointer of the game gave Arkansas a 67-64 lead with 1:40 to play, but the Razorbacks (5-6) would not score again. Memphis (8-2) cut the margin to one on a Billy Richmond layup and Earl Barron’s two free throws with 21.8 seconds to play gave the Tigers a 68-67 lead.
After a timeout, Arkansas inbounded under its goal and Jones, who scored a career-high tying 18 points on seven of 10 shooting, took a three-pointer from the top of the key. Memphis rebounded and John Grice made two free throws for a 70-67 Tiger lead with 12.5 seconds remaining.
Kendrick Davis missed a three for UA and Duane Erwin sealed the win for the Tigers with two free throws with 2.2 seconds to play.
Arkansas led 27-26 at the half, trailed by three early in the second period and led by five, 58-53, on a Carl Baker three with 6:04 to play. Memphis tied the game at 64-64 on a three-point play by Richmond before Jones’ three gave the Razorbacks their last lead.
The bigger Tigers dominated the boards, out-rebounding Arkansas 37-22 and holding the Hogs to a season-low five offensive rebounds. Arkansas has been out-rebounded in only two other games, and both of those were by a margin of one.
After shooting 34.5 percent in the first half, Memphis made 13 of 21 shots in the second period (.619). Arkansas was also hot, hitting 57.1 percent in the second period (12-21) after shooting 42.3 (11-26) in the first.
Eric Ferguson hit six of 12 shots and had 14 points for Arkansas while Baker added a season-high 12 points and a team-high six rebounds. Jonathon Modica had nine points and five rebounds.
Richmond led Memphis with 16 points. Barron had 12 and Rodney Carney 11.
Arkansas is off until Wednesday when the Razorbacks open Southeastern Conference play with a 7 p.m. non-televised game at Alabama.