ATLANTA, Ga. – Tennessee dominated the boards and had a huge advantage from behind the three-point line in knocking Arkansas out of the Southeastern Conference Tournament Thursday night at the Georgia Dome, 65-46.
Arkansas made just one-of-13 threes, 7.7 percent, and only 19-of-49 shots overall, 39 percent. Meanwhile, the Volunteers hit eight-of-14 threes, 57 percent, and shot 42 percent overall from the floor (23-55).
Tennessee, 14-16, had a 42-23 rebounding advantage with 22 of those boards coming on the offensive end.
The Razorbacks, 18-12, hit six of their first 11 field goal attempts, but went 13-of-38 the rest of the way.
Arkansas led early 8-3, 11-7 and 13-8 on a Rashard Sullivan layup with 14 minutes left in the first half, but did not make another field goal until the 4:39 mark when a Ronnie Brewer jumper cut a 14-point deficit to 29-17.
During Tennessee’s 21-2 run, in which Arkansas’ points came on two Darian Townes free throws with 10:08 left, Scooter McFadgon had 10 points and Brandon Crump seven. McFadgon did not play in the first meeting between the two, which Arkansas won at Fayetteville, 70-68.
UT pushed the lead to 34-20 on a McFadgon jumper, but Arkansas closed within 10 on two more free throws by Townes and a dunk by Famutimi. The Razorbacks had a chance to get the margin under 10 before halftime, but Famutimi missed the front end of a one-and-one with five seconds left.
The Hogs cut the deficit to eight early in the second period, 36-28 on a dunk by Townes with 18:12 to go, but the Vols scored 13 straight over the next six minutes to take control at 49-28 with 12:08 remaining. McFadgon had two threes in the run.
For the game, McFadgon was eight-of-17 shooting, including four-of-seven on threes, and finished with a game-high 22 points. Crump had 16 points and seven rebounds. Andre Patterson had four points and a game-high eight rebounds. Chris Lofton, who scored 30 points in the first meeting, had eight on three-of-seven shooting.
Townes, who was three-of-seven from the floor and four-of-four at the line, and Brewer had 10 points each for UA. Famutimi had eight points and five rebounds, and Eric Ferguson had eight points.
Arkansas’ point and rebounding totals are season lows. The Razorbacks also had only four assists with 13 turnovers.