FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – David Sanders and Ole Miss spoiled Senior Day at Arkansas as the Rebels snapped a 10-game losing streak with a 64-54 victory over the Razorbacks Saturday.
Ole Miss has won seven straight against Arkansas, and Saturday’s win was the first for Ole Miss since Jan. 25 when the Rebels beat UA in Oxford, 73-54.
Arkansas never led but did make the game interesting. Aaron Harper’s jumper gave Ole Miss a 51-37 lead, but the Hogs scored 11 straight, four each by Dionisio Gomez and Kendrick Davis, to cut the lead to 51-48 with 4:26 remaining.
Harper converted a three-point play to push the margin back to six, and following a jumper by Emmanual Wade, Harper hit an 18-footer for a 58-48 Ole Miss lead with 2:14 left.
A three by Gomez with 1:03 left got the Razorbacks within 61-54, but David Sanders answered with two free throws and Justin Reed added a free throw for the final margin.
“I’m disappointed, especially for the seniors,” UA head coach Stan Heath said. “They wanted to finish on a high note with their last game in Bud Walton Arena and it just didn’t happen for them. We had a good start, but had trouble shooting the ball and that’s a credit to Ole Miss’ defense. We missed some key free throws and that put us in a hole. We fought back with three minutes left and just didn’t have enough gas in the tank to finish it off.”
The loss drops Arkansas to 9-18 overall and 4-12 in the Southeastern Conference. Ole Miss is 13-14 and 4-12. The two teams tied for fifth in the Western Division, but Ole Miss earns the fifth-place seed in next week’s SEC Tournament at New Orleans by virtue of its sweep of the season series.
Arkansas faces Georgia, the third seed from the Eastern Division, Thursday at 8:45 p.m. Ole Miss plays Tennessee at noon.
Neither team shot well Saturday. UA hit just 38.5 percent of its shots (20-52) and was just six of 22 on three-pointers (27.3 percent). Ole Miss made just 44.2 percent of its shots (19-43), but the Rebels were five of 10 on threes (50.0) and had a 13-point advantage at the free throw line. Arkansas made of eight of 15 free throws. Ole Miss was 21 of 27.
Sanders had a double-double with game highs of 23 points and 10 rebounds. Reed had 15 points, and Harper and Wade 10 each.
Davis made six of 14 shots and led Arkansas with 16 points. Gomez was six of 10 from the field and finished with 15 points and seven rebounds. Eric Ferguson had eight points and five assists, and Larry Satchell had eight points, four rebounds and four blocked shots.
Gomez, Satchell, Carl Baker, Blake Eddins, Alonzo Lane and first-year senior Brandan Hudspeth played their final home game for the Razorbacks.