The game also pitted father against son on the bench as UA head coach Nolan Richardson matched up against first-year TSU head coach, and former Arkansas assistant, Nolan Richardson III.
Following a trey by Cleveland, who had eight points and eight assists with no turnovers, Terrick Brown answered with a three to get the Tigers (0-1) within 66-63 with 6:16 to play. Cleveland hit another three-pointer and Joe Johnson, who scored a game-high 27 points on 11-of-16 shooting, nailed a trey as the Hogs scored the next 16 points.
“The guy that got us going was T.J.,” Richardson said. “He hit back-to-back threes, Joe hit a shot with the clock running down and Larry (Satchell) had a couple of blocks during the run. Arkansas has a victory, but this was a no-win situation for a coach to coach against his son and his grandson (TSU freshman Garrett Richardson). Coming in, you just hope nobody gets hurt, that those kids hold their heads up high and that they win their next game.”
UA’s next game is Saturday at 8:30 against Southern Mississippi, a 70-63 winner over Louisiana Tech in Friday’s first game. TSU and LTU play in the consolation game at 6 p.m.
Teddy Gipson made seven-of-11 shots and scored 17 points while Brandon Dean had nine points and Blake Eddins eight. Satchell had five points, four rebounds and five blocked shots.
The Razorbacks (1-0) shot 56 percent in the second half to take over. UA forced 16 turnovers and lost the ball just nine times.