Knoxville, Tenn. –Despite becoming the first visiting team to score 70 points at Thompson-Boling Arena this season, Arkansas couldn’t fend off a late charge by Tennessee in an 81-74 SEC loss on Wednesday night.
The Vols’ second half run was led by senior Jordan McRae, who scored 24 of his season-high 34 points in the final frame. McRae’s 12-of-14 night at the free throw line was a large part of Tennessee out-scoring the Razorbacks 30-11 at the charity stripe, while getting there 21 more times.
Arkansas led by as many as eight, 63-55 (11:30), in the second half and even limited the Vols to just one made field goal over the final 8:18, but fell victim due to 15-of-20 shooting at the free throw line by the home team over the final 6:31.
With under three minutes to play and Arkansas holding a 68-66 lead, the Razorbacks were whistled for a flagrant-1 foul underneath the hoop in a halfcourt set. Tennessee took advantage of the foul, making both free throws and getting the ball to McRae on the ensuing in-bounds pass for a three that gave the Vols five points in a matter of six seconds.
The three-pointer following the flagrant foul was part of a critical 7-0 run that jump-started the Vols and McRae, as he scored the team’s final 13 points to secure Tennessee’s (12-6, 3-2) 10th home win of the year.
Senior Coty Clarke led Arkansas (12-6, 1-4) with 16 points, including 14 in the second half, and nine rebounds, while junior Rashad Madden (15), redshirt senior Fred Gulley III (11) and senior Kikko Haydar (10) all finished in double figures.
Keys To The ContestArkansas was whistled for 29 fouls compared to 15 on the Vols, leading to a 38-17 edge in foul shot attempts for Tennessee. The result was a commanding 30-11 edge in points that out-weighed the Razorbacks’ advantage in points in the paint (30-26), points off turnovers (20-17), second chance points (19-7), fast break points (10-4) and bench points (25-6).
Quick Hitsâž¢ Game featured 15 lead changes and 10 ties. âž¢ Arkansas shot 43 percent (28-65) compared to 41 percent (22-54) by Tennessee.âž¢ Arkansas is the first team this season to score 70 points at Thompson-Boling Arenaâž¢ The Razorbacks accounted for the first 17 second chance points in the game.âž¢ Arkansas’ 15 offensive rebounds marked its seventh straight game with double-digit offensive caroms.âž¢ Clarke scored 10 of his 14 second half points in the opening 3:49 of the frame. âž¢ Clarke’s 16 points equaled a season-high he had two games ago vs. Florida.âž¢ Clarke has led the team in scoring each of the last two games.âž¢ Madden has reached double figures in all five SEC games. âž¢ Madden’s eight rebounds were a season-high and equaled a career-best. âž¢ Gulley has reached double figures in back-to-back games for the first time in his career.âž¢ Gulley is averaging 10.7 points over his last three games.âž¢ Haydar became the 10th different Razorback to reach double figures this season. âž¢ Haydar scored nine of his season-high 10 points in the first half, hitting all three of his three-point attempts.
Coach Anderson Postgame Sound “I thought our defense showed up again tonight. We were tough and active on defense and that also translated to the boards. The difference tonight was the number of fouls which resulted in a large amount of free throws for Tennessee. Give them credit because they went and knocked them down, but it certainly provided the difference.”
#Fastest40 Factsâž¢ Won the turnover battle (15-12) for the 21st time in the last 22 contests, including 17 of 18 this season. âž¢ Nine different players passed out an assist, as Arkansas finished with a positive assist/turnover ratio for the 16th time out of 18 games this season. âž¢ Suffered first loss of the year when registering double-digit steals (4-1).âž¢ Lost for just the second time this season when scoring 20+ points off turnovers (9-2).
@RazorbackMBB Postgame Tweetables (140 Characters Or Less)âž¢ 10 different players have scored in double figures for @RazorbackMBB this season, resulting in an SEC-best 82.8 ppg #Fastest40âž¢ Junior @RKMadden has scored in double figures 13 times this season compared to a combined 12 over his first two years #WeHOGSâž¢ .@RazorbackMBB returns to BWA on Saturday vs. Auburn where it is 10-1 this season and averaging 89.5 ppg. #Fastest40
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Up NextArkansas will return to the friendly confines of Bud Walton Arena on Saturday when it hosts Auburn at 5:04 p.m. on Fox Sports South. The Razorbacks are 10-1 at Bud Walton Arena this season, last defeating then-No. 13/12 Kentucky in overtime on Jan. 14.
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