TULSA, Okla. — Jonathon Modica had a career night and several other Razorbacks had their best game of the season as Arkansas recorded an 81-74 road victory at Tulsa on Tuesday.
Modica scored a career-high 28 points and matched his personal best with five three-pointers, and the Hogs needed them all as each team took turns making runs.
Arkansas led 34-32 at the half, but Tulsa led 42-37 on a free throw by Jarius Glenn five minutes into the second half. The Razorbacks responded with a 13-3 run to go up 50-45, but the Golden Hurricane (4-5) tied it at 50-50 on a jumper by Anthony Price with 11:06 to play.
Arkansas (7-3) scored the next six points, all by Modica, but Tulsa responded with a 6-0 run.
The Razorbacks built another five-point lead, 61-56 on a layup by Eric Ferguson, but Tulsa tied it again at 64-64 with 4:35 left.
UA went up by five again, 71-66 on a three by Billy Pharis with 53 seconds to go and the Razorbacks won the game at the free throw line by making 10 of 12 the rest of the way.
With 26 seconds left, Ferguson made his first free throw but missed the second with the Razorbacks leading 75-72. Pharis got the offensive rebound and Ferguson was back at the line six seconds later where he sank both shots for a five point lead.
Pharis had a season-high 12 points and made a season-best three three-pointers while also adding five rebounds and three assists.
Ferguson finished with 12 points and four assists with a season-high seven rebounds, and Ronnie Brewer had his second straight double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds while also adding five assists and three steals. Wen Mukubu and Rashard Sullivan contributed season-high point totals of six and five points, respectively, with Sullivan also adding five rebounds and two blocked shots.
Arkansas shot just 30.3 percent in the first half, but Tulsa shot only 35.5 percent. Both teams heated up in the second with UA connecting on 52 percent of its shots and Tulsa making 46.7.
Defensively, Arkansas held Jason Parker, Tulsa’s leading scorer with 18.3 points a game entering the contest, to 11 points on four of 17 shooting. Glenn led the Golden Hurricane with 27 points and 13 rebounds.
The Razorbacks close the non-conference portion of their schedule on Saturday with a 12:30 p.m. home game against North Texas. The game is being televised by ARSN.