Arkansas Struggles In Second Half, Suffers OT Loss


FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas had a halftime lead on the road Saturday.

The Razorbacks led by seven in the second half as well.

But it couldn’t help Arkansas avoid another overtime game. Or end its road woes.

The Razorbacks fell apart down the stretch in regulation and struggled in overtime during a 66-61 loss to Georgia in Stegeman Coliseum on Saturday. It was the third straight overtime game for Arkansas, which squandered any momentum gained with its dramatic win against Kentucky earlier in the week and fell to 1-3 in SEC play.

Coty Clarke led Arkansas with 13 points, while Ky Madden and Fred Gulley had 12 each. But the Razorbacks got little production elsewhere, shooting 31.8 percent and finishing 23 points below their scoring average (84.7 points).

Gulley — whose 12 points was a career high — helped Arkansas (12-5, 1-3 in SEC) take a 41-34 with a layup early in the second half. But the Razorbacks couldn’t hold off the Bulldogs largely because of an offense that struggled down the stretch once again. Arkansas made only three field goals over the final 15 minutes of regulation.

The Razorbacks still had possession of the ball in a tie game with 21 seconds lef in regulation with a chance to win. Madden controlled the ball throughout the final possession, but missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to force the overtime.

Georgia’s Kenny Gaines made a 3-pointer to begin the overtime period to give the Bulldogs a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Gaines led Georgia with 15 points, while Marcus Thornton had 11 points and 13 rebounds.

Georgia (9-7, 3-1 in SEC) won despite shooting just 31 percent. But the Bulldogs dominated Arkansas on the boards, holding a 56-34 advantage. It helped Georgia outscore Arkansas 22-12 on second-chance points.

Arkansas is now 2-17 in SEC road games under Mike Anderson. The Razorbacks play at Tennessee on Wednesday.

— Arkansas News Bureau