NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Arkansas’ scrambling defense helped the Razorbacks jump out to an early lead, but Vanderbilt responded by nailing open three-pointers as the Commodores beat the Hogs, 81-64, in a Southeastern Conference matchup Wednesday.
UA used its pressure defense to take a 14-8 lead on a layup by Brandon Davis with 14:56 to play in the first half, but Arkansas scored just seven more points the rest of the half in falling behind 31-21 at the break.
The Razorbacks (9-6, 0-3) shot 31 percent from the floor in the first half and only 37 percent for the game.
VU (12-3, 2-1) shot 44 percent overall, including 12-of-25 on three-point attempts (48 percent).
Jannero Pargo, who scored a game-high 20 points, hit a trey to get Arkansas within 49-38 with 12:58 remaining, but the Commodores scored four straight to push the lead to 15 points. Another three-pointer by Pargo cut the deficit to 74-63 with two minutes left, but VU scored six straight to put the game away.
UA, which is 0-3 in the SEC for the first time since joining the league in 1991-92, turned the ball over 17 times while forcing just 15 turnovers. Vanderbilt also had a 47-37 rebounding advantage and shot 28 free throws, making 15, while Arkansas went to the line just eight times, converting four.
Anthony Williams had a double-double for VU with 16 points and 14 rebounds.
T.J. Cleveland had a season-high 14 for the Hogs while Teddy Gipson added nine.
Arkansas forwards Alonzo Lane and Dionisio Gomez were a combined four-of-17 from the floor.
Arkansas plays host to Auburn Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m.