WHY ARKANSAS WON: Arkansas guard BJ Young scored seven points in the final 29.3 seconds to help the Razorbacks overcome a four-point deficit Saturday and grab an improbable win. Young turned in two 3-point plays — he was fouled by Missouri’s Keion Bell on consecutive possessions after Missouri led 70-66 — to give the Razorbacks a 72-71 lead. Then, after a wild sequence that began when Missouri guard Phil Pressey had the ball stolen by Coty Clarke at midcourt, Young went back to the line to make one final free throw with 5.3 seconds left. It proved to be enough to help the Hogs steal a win at home and improve to 15-1 in Bud Walton Arena.
WHY MISSOURI LOST: The Tigers will look back on a few things (not including coach Frank Haith’s unspoken frustration with the officiating). Missouri turned the ball over 17 times, which the Razorbacks converted to 18 points. The Tigers also got a poor offensive night from starters Pressey, Laurence Bowers and Jabari Brown, who combined to score 19 points on 5-for-29 shooting. Missouri had trouble slowing Arkansas’ frontcourt of Clarke and Marshawn Powell (37 combined points), too, allowing the duo to help the Hogs build as much as an eight-point lead.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Powell was swarmed by Missouri in the opening minutes, but eventually settled in midway through the first half and gave Missouri’s post players fits the rest of the afternoon. The junior scored a team-high 24 points, including 13 in the second half. Powell gave the Razorbacks their first lead at 39-37 with a 3-pointer, which was part of a stretch in which he scored 10 straight. Young was critical down the stretch, but Powell’s play throughout was pivotal.
STAT OF THE GAME: Clarke was 3-for-9 from behind the 3-point line through 24 games this season. But the junior college transfer was 3-for-3 against the Tigers, showing off some unexpected range. Behind Clarke’s performance, the Razorbacks were 7-for-23 from 3-point range. He finished with 13 points.
QUOTE OF THE GAME: “It was just one of the craziest games I ever played in, if not the craziest game. I still kind of can’t believe what happened at the end, that we’re on the winning end. That was a crazy game. I’ve never been a part of something quite like that.” — Young about Arkansas’ wild win.
QUOTE OF THE GAME, 2: “First of all, I’d like to say don’t anyone ask me about the officiating. I’m not getting in trouble today.” — Haith after Saturday’s game.
UP NEXT: Arkansas will play its second straight home game, welcoming Georgia (12-12, 6-5) to Bud Walton Arena on Thursday night. The Bulldogs started slow in SEC play, but won five of their past six entering Saturday’s game at Ole Miss. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has been a big reason behind Georgia’s recent surge, leading the team in scoring (17.7 points) and rebounding (6.4).
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau