FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas had a second half lead on the road for the second straight game Wednesday night.
But, once again, the Razorbacks walked off the floor with another loss.
Arkansas crumbled down the stretch during its 81-74 loss in Thompson-Boling Arena, suffering its second straight loss to fall to 1-4 in Southeastern Conference play. The Razorbacks took a 63-55 lead after a fast break bucket by forward Moses Kingsley at the 11:30 mark, then were outscored 26-11 the rest of the way.
Tennessee was led by guard Jordan McRae, who scored the Volunteers’ final 13 points and finished with 34 in the win. Coty Clarke had 16 points and 9 rebounds for Arkansas, while guard Ky Madden added 16 points and 8 rebounds.
The loss dropped Arkansas to 0-3 in road games this season.
The Razorbacks are now 2-21 on the road under Mike Anderson.
The latest loss came even though Arkansas led most of the second half, shot the ball better than the Vols (43.1 percent to 40.7 percent), hung with them on the boards (Tennessee had a 42-37 advantage), frustrated forward Jarnell Stokes (7 points, 6 rebounds) most of the night, and had a 19-7 advantage on second-chance points.
The turning point came with Arkansas (12-6, 1-4) clinging to a 68-66 lead with less than four minutes remaining.
Arkansas guard Kikko Haydar wrapped up Tennessee forward Jeronne Maymon in the block as the forward made a move to the basket. Haydar was called for an intentional foul and Maymon made both free throws. The Vols also got the ball and guard McRae knocked down a 3-pointer to give Tennessee a 71-68 lead.
Madden tried to tie the game with a 3-pointer on Arkansas’ next possession, but missed the mark. McRae was fouled on the other end, made both free throws and the Vols had a five-point lead with 1:45 left.
It was the fourth straight game Arkansas held at least a six-point advantage in the second half. But the Razorbacks — who had played three straight overtime games — went 1-3 in those games with losses to Florida, Georgia and Tennessee.
— Arkansas News Bureau