FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Jannero Pargo scored a season-high 28 points and Arkansas shot over 50 percent at home for the third straight game in Saturday’s 83-72 Southeastern Conference Western Division victory over Mississippi State.
Pargo made a team single-game, season-high six three-pointers and was nine-of-17 from the field in recording his sixth 20-point game of the season. Arkansas, which trailed 41-37 at the break, shot 52 percent for the game after shooting 52 percent against Auburn and 57 percent against Alabama in its two previous home games.
MSU (11-8, 2-6) got 12 points from Tang Hamilton in the first half to lead at the break, but the Razorbacks, who have won four of their last five, held the Bulldogs to 42 percent shooting in the second half and forced 14 of MSU’s 22 turnovers in the second period. Pargo also scored 20 of his 28 points in the second half, hitting six-of-nine shots.
Mississippi State held a 37-22 rebounding edge and made two more field goals (28) than Arkansas (26), but the Razorbacks made five more three-pointers and had a 10-point advantage at the free-throw line.
Arkansas (13-7, 4-4) was in the bonus with 16 minutes to play and made 17-of-22 second-half free throws and 22-of-27 for the game. MSU was 12-of-20.
Dionisio Gomez made his first start in five games and responded with 10 points and seven rebounds. His seven boards are almost a third of the team’s total.
T.J. Cleveland and Joe Johnson scored 12 each for the Hogs with the pair combining to go seven-of-13 from the field and nine-of-nine at the line. Carl Baker, who was coming off a season-high 13-point performance at Ole Miss, added nine points and a team-high four assists.
Hamilton led the Bulldogs with 22 points while Marckell Patterson added 13.
MSU, which beat UA, 87-73, in the conference opener for each club on Jan. 6, is 0-10 in Fayetteville since Arkansas joined the SEC.
UA plays host to Tennessee on Wednesday, Feb. 7, in a 7 p.m. game televised by Jefferson-Pilot.