Razorbacks’ Late Run Falls Short at Ole Miss
BY ANDRES FOCIL
OXFORD, Miss. – Arkansas stormed back from a 20-point deficit in the final six and a half minutes and had a chance to tie the game with less than 20 seconds, but Chris Walker’s three-point attempt fell short as did the Razorback comeback in an 87-82 loss to Ole Miss at the Tad Smith Coliseum.
The Rebels (14-7, 2-6 SEC) looked to be in control in the second half after building on a five-point halftime lead. Arkansas (11-9, 3-4 SEC) then turned up the defensive pressure and cut the deficit to one point with 21 seconds to play.
Ole Miss’ Jason Harrison made two free throws to up the lead to three before Walker had a game-tying three-point attempt slip out of his hand. The Rebels added a pair of free throws in the final moments to ice the game.
“That was the best six or seven minutes we have played all season,” Arkansas head coach Nolan Richardson said. “I told them when we were down by 20, let’s just go out and practice our press. They started playing the old style of basketball that my teams used to play. We made a great run. Maybe if we had one more minute to play it would have been different.”
Marcus Hicks was dominant for the Rebels hitting 12 of 16 shots from the field and seven free throws to lead all scorers with 31 points. Razorback sophomore Teddy Gipson netted a season high 18 points to lead the Hogs while freshman Alonzo Lane scored 13 points.
“I think Teddy really came out of his shell a little bit tonight,” Richardson said. “He was aggressive and was making moves to the basket. Shaq (Lane) played a nice game as well. He got banged on in there and didn’t get very many calls, but that is okay. He will learn from that.”
Despite the loss, Arkansas remains in a second-place tie with four other SEC Western Division squads. Arkansas, Alabama, LSU and Mississippi State all stand at 2-4 in the league while Ole Miss is 2-6. Auburn leads the league with a 6-2 mark.
The Razorbacks return to the court on Saturday when they travel to Auburn to take on the first-place Tigers. Jefferson-Pilot Sports will televise the 12:05 p.m. game.
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