Arkansas overcomes slow start to defeat Mizzou, advance to SEC Tournament semifinals
Mizzou gave Arkansas all it could handle, but JD Notae’s 27 points ultimately lifted the 2-seed Razorbacks to a 70-64 win over the 7-seed Tigers to advance to the SEC Tournament semifinals.
It was a tight game from start to finish. Arkansas got off to a slow start but went on a 16-0 run in the first half to cut into MU’s early lead. Even with the Razorbacks’ strong finish to the half, Mizzou left the court up 33-32 at the break.
The refs were whistle-happy on Friday night in Nashville. Mizzou lost both Mitchell Smith and Jeremiah Tilmon to fouls. Tilmon left with the Tigers trailing 58-50 with less than six minutes remaining. Arkansas lost Justin Smith at the 1:48 mark. Mizzou then made the two free-throws to cut it to 63-60.
A 13-1 run over 4:18 in the second half helped Arkansas to a 60-50 lead. The teams then traded three-pointers and it was 63-53 in the Hogs’ favor at the final media timeout.
Arkansas increased its lead to 65-60 with 1:19 left in the second half. In the game’s final minute, Mizzou purposefully sent the Razorbacks to the foul line looking to cut into the lead but was unable to cut it to a one-possession game.
The Razorback bench was a big part of the Hogs’ win. Arkansas’ reserves bested Mizzou 34-17 in bench scoring.