MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Jannero Pargo scored 30 points and Arkansas answered a second-half scoring run by Memphis to knock off the Tigers at The Pyramid on Wednesday, 90-73.
In Arkansas’ four losses this year, all to teams ranked in the top 25, the Razorbacks (8-4) played well enough to take a sizeable lead early in the game only to have each opponent make second-half runs and win the game. This time, however, the Hogs answered the challenge and pulled away for the win.
Pargo, who was five of 10 from three-point range, had 15 points in the first half and UA shot 50 percent in taking a 42-32 lead at the break. Arkansas led 49-38 with 16:18 remaining on a Teddy Gipson three, but Memphis (10-4) went on a 17-6 run to tie the game at 55-55 on a trey by Dajuan Wagner with 9:45 to play.
Alonzo Lane scored on a twisting layup under the bucket but Scooter McFadgon made two free throws to tie the game at 57-57. Pargo’s running bank shot gave Arkansas a two-point advantage and following a turnover, Brandon Dean made two free throws for a 61-57 lead with 7:25 left.
Wagner, who led UM with 27 points, missed two free throws and Lane connected on two shots at the line to push the lead to six.
Memphis had a chance to cut the deficit to four, but following a loose ball scramble, UM’s Earl Barron was called for a technical foul for slamming the ball to the floor. Pargo made one free throw and then added two more 14 seconds later for an 83-73 lead with 1:34 remaining.
Dean, Gipson and Pargo added breakaway buckets while Gipson also made a pair of free throws in the last 1:19 for the final margin.
J.J. Sullinger had 19 points for Arkansas and four times in the second half he answered Memphis scores with a bucket of his own. Dean finished with 16 points on six of 11 shooting and Gipson added 13 on four of six shooting.
Arkansas matched the bigger Tigers with 37 rebounds, marking just the second time this season the Razorbacks were not outrebounded. Pargo had a career-high matching eight rebounds while Dean had a season-high five and Sullinger a season-high matching six. UA also made 20 of 27 free throws for its second-best single-game percentage (.741) of the year.
Kelly Wise had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Tigers.
Arkansas opens Southeastern Conference play Saturday with a 4 p.m. game at Auburn. The game is being televised by SEC-TV (Fox Sports Net) and will be broadcast in Arkansas on Fox Sports Southwest.