The two-point loss to Tennessee on Wednesday marked the first game for Arkansas decided by five points or less since the Nov. 26 contest at South Alabama when Stefan Welsh’s three with 2.9 seconds remaining gave Arkansas a 79-77 victory. The Razorbacks are 2-2 this year in games decided by five points or less.
Against the Volunteers, junior guard Stefan Welsh played a career-high tying 38 minutes and scored a game-high tying 22 points. He also had a season-high matching three steals.
Freshman Jason Henry made his first start of the season against Tennessee, and responded with 11 points, seven rebounds, a season-high matching three offensive rebounds, a season-high matching two assists and a season-high matching one blocked shot in a season-high 28 minutes. Over the last three games, he’s averaging 9.3 points and a team-high tying 7.0 rebounds.
Just seven Razorbacks got in the game for Arkansas against Tennessee. That is the fewest number of players in a game for Arkansas since March 11, 1984, when seven Hogs played for No. 8 Arkansas in a 57-56 loss to No. 5 Houston in the Southwest Conference Tournament in Houston.
Michael Washington recorded his ninth double-double of the year with 18 points and 11 rebounds against Tennessee.
Courtney Fortson is seventh in the nation with 6.5 assists per game. The SEC leader is the only freshman ranked among the top 30. He is also the top scoring freshman in the SEC and is 11th overall with 14.6 points per game. He is 14th overall and the highest ranked freshman in field goal percentage (.430), third overall and the highest ranked freshman in minutes played (32.8), and 21st overall in rebounding (5.4).