Razorbacks Nip Mizzou in Final Seconds

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After the Tigers’ first road victory of the year Wednesday, they traveled to Bud Walton Arena to face off against former Missouri head coach and current Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson on Saturday afternoon, with the Razorbacks prevailing 73-71.

Mizzou (18-7, 7-5 SEC) jumped out to a quick 9-0 lead in the first few minutes of the game and continued to lead for rest of the first half, but from then on Arkansas seemed to be in control.

Arkansas led for most of the second half but trailed 70-66 with under a minute remaining when B.J. Young, who finished with 18 points, had back-to-back three-point plays to put them up 72-71.

Shooting seemed to fail the Tigers as they shot 39 percent from the field, and 2-14 (14 percent) from behind the arc. Keion Bell was the only Tiger starter to score in double figures with 25 on 9-11 shooting and Earnest Ross contributed 16 points and nine rebounds off the bench.

Besides them, the rest of the squad really struggled. Laurence Bowers was 1-10, Phil Pressey went 2-9, Jabari Brown was 2-10 and Tony Criswell was 0-3. On top of the poor shooting, Missouri struggled with foul trouble for most of the second half. Alex Oriakhi, Tony Criswell, Bowers, and Brown all finished with four, and Bell fouled out in the last few minutes.

Oriakhi had seven points and 11 rebounds, but was only able to put up three shots because he was rarely on the floor.

Free throw shooting and rebounding allowed Missouri to stay in the game. The Tigers, who lead the SEC in free throw shooting, made 23 free throws compared to Arkansas’ 14, and they out-rebounded the Razorbacks 45-28. Yet the Tigers failed to seal the deal as they have had problems closing out games for much of the season.

Marshawn Powell led the way for the Razorbacks (15-9, 7-5 SEC) and dominated the paint with 24 points. Coty Clarke added 13 points for the Razorbacks who have now won two in a row.

The next outing is against No. 7 Florida at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Mizzou Arena. Frank Haith is 8-4 vs. Top 25 opponents since coming to Missouri.

-Jeremy Schrank
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Staff Writer