FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – No. 24 Arkansas forced 20 turnovers for the fourth time this year and the Razorbacks overcame shaky free-throw shooting to knock off Memphis, 74-68, Saturday at Bud Walton Arena.
Memphis (2-4) shot 55 percent in the first half while Arkansas shot 38 percent, but the Hogs led by one at the break, 33-32. Second half shooting was the opposite as Arkansas hit 53 percent from the field and limited the Tigers to 36 percent.
“The difference was they shot 54 percent in the first half and we shot 38 percent,” head coach Nolan Richardson said. “There was a reversal in the second half. Our defense was as good as it’s been all year.”
Arkansas (5-1) was on the verge of breaking it open with a 52-43 lead with 14:11 to play, but a Kelly Wise jumper got UM within 52-48. The Tigers stayed within striking distance until an Alonzo Lane dunk and Teddy Gipson layup gave the Razorbacks a 69-59 lead at the 3:02 mark.
UA, which is 4-0 when forcing 20 or more turnovers, made three-of-six free throws the rest of the way and only nine-of-20 for the game.
Blake Eddins led Arkansas with 15 points, one short of matching his career high, on five-of-seven shooting. Gipson and Joe Johnson scored 12 each and Lane 11.
Wise led Memphis with 20 points and 12 rebounds.
Arkansas plays host to North Texas Tuesday at 7 p.m. before meeting Oklahoma State in Tulsa Saturday at 7 p.m.