Arkansas stumbles, then edges Missouri

Razorbacks Touted As Preseason Power

Arkansas needs to move on and get ready for Saturday's game against The Missouri Tigers who are hungry and ready to take on the hogs inside Bud Walton Arena at 5pm.

"Kind of the same problem we've been dealing with with our close games". "We were up four with like six minutes to go, five minutes to go, something like that".

"We've got to fix whatever we're doing, whether it's me waiting on the screen, whatever it is", Geist said. And then with 2 seconds left Jordan Geist's 3-point attempt in front of the Missouri bench rattled out.

Mizzou would score only four Kevin Puryear free throws from there. Hall had the most complete game of his young career, as the Little Rock native scored 10 points, five rebounds and two steals.

"Those were big", said Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin. "So it really depends - the only difference is whoever is the ball handler, depending on how they guarded us. I was just trying to take what the defense gave me this time".

"I wish I would have gotten a better look, a wide-open look", Geist said. "I was just praying that it went in".

Arkansas took a 9-point lead into the second media stoppage of the second half with 11:39 to go, 49-40, but the stoppage came on a charging foul against Macon. Arkansas' last bucket before that came on a 3-pointer from Barford with 18:25 remaining, a span of 4 minutes and 39 seconds. His 3-pointer with 7:15 left pulled Missouri within 53-52, then he added another 3-pointer and a mid-range jumper for a 59-53 lead before Gafford turned the tide for Arkansas. "We got one more stop at the end", Arkansas guard Daryl Macon said after the game. "We were pretty much un-guardable on the inside, so we had to pretty much make it a game plan to get the ball inside".

But this was one lost before the final shot.

Gafford led a balanced Arkansas scoring attack with 15 points. Puryear was called for an illegal screen.

Gafford missed the free throw and after both teams failed on the ensuing possessions, Missouri had a final chance with 11.8 seconds left. Missouri's next possession ended the same way. "You've got to get a shot off". There were a couple of plays where they ran that ball screen and we didn't help over and they got a couple of and-1s and a big dunk that kind of energized them. "But that can't happen". But in the end, they head back home with their fifth loss of the season.

"He's talented", Martin said. "But as long as they compete and play hard we'll find a way to get wins".

Starting with a dunk by Jeremiah Tilmon with 12:22 to play, Missouri went on 21-4 run to take a 6-point lead. It clanged off the iron and in the mad scramble for the carom, the clock expired: 65-63, Razorbacks.

The first 10 minutes of the game were the best Arkansas has played in weeks. Down 18 in the first half, most of those on press row had mailed it in.

Arkansas seized control early with a 13-2 run, making six straight shots while the Tigers struggled to get the ball past halfcourt. "In the last two minutes our defense rose to the occasion". Missouri was up six with 4:43 to play and up three with 2:39 to go. Missouri had clawed back with a 6-1 spurt to make it a 6-point game, but Beard's 3-pointer made it 47-38 Razorbacks at the 13:46 mark. Kassius Robertson, a grad transfer from Canisius, was too much.

Why Geist in that situation rather than Robertson, who roasted the Razorbacks with 26 points? Freshman Darious Hall provided just the remedy to snap Arkansas (12-5, 2-3) out of its funk with a 65-63 win over Missouri. The Vols beat Texas A&M 75-62 on Saturday. Listening to music during warm up, and since the SEC networks was broadcasting live some of the Hogs players were showing their dancing skills in front of a national televise cameras.



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