Season Low Shooting Percentage Dooms Hogs on t
BY ANDRES FOCIL
ATHENS, Ga. — Arkansas did a better job on the boards and cut down on its turnovers, but the Razorbacks had their worst shooting night of the season as No. 15 Georgia beat the Hogs, 81-67, on Wednesday.
Arkansas shot a season-low 34.7 percent from the field, making just 25 of 72 shots. The Razorbacks were still outrebounded, 48-38, but the 38 rebounds are their third-highest total of the year and the most in seven games. Of the 38 rebounds, 18 came on the offensive end, the second-best total of the year. UA also turned the ball over just nine times, which ties for the fewest this season and the fewest in seven games.
The improvements in those areas weren’t enough to offset poor shooting, which included a season-low percentage for a single half when Arkansas made just nine of 33 shots in the first period (.273).
Georgia (16-3, 5-1) got 10 points from Chris Daniels and made 50 percent of its shots in the first half to take a 34-24 lead at the break.
Jannero Pargo hit a three and followed 36 seconds later with a pair of free throws to get Arkansas within 38-31 with 15:16 remaining. Following a turnover, Matt Jones scored on a dunk and was fouled to cut the deficit to 38-33, but Jones missed the free throw and two more free throws after another foul 41 seconds later.
After Jones’ misses, Georgia went on a 14-0 run, getting nine points from Jarvis Hayes, to put the game away.
Pargo led Arkansas with 18 points, his highest scoring game in four games. T.J. Cleveland had a season-high 10 points.
Senior Brandon Dean, who could have missed up to four weeks after spraining his knee and suffering a bone bruise against Ole Miss on Saturday, played 21 minutes and scored eight points. Carl Baker also had eight points and Dionisio Gomez seven.
Hayes led the Bulldogs with 21 points followed by Daniels with 17, Ezra Williams 12 and Jonas Hayes 11.
The Razorbacks play host to No. 4 Florida Saturday at noon in a game televised by CBS Sports.
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