Arkansas edges Missouri to snap losing streak

Published: Saturday, January 13, 2018
Missouri guard Jordan Geist (15) drives along the sideline as Arkansas forward Arlando Cook (5) defends Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, during the first half in Bud Walton Arena.
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Missouri guard Jordan Geist (15) drives along the sideline as Arkansas forward Arlando Cook (5) defends Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, during the first half in Bud Walton Arena.

— Arkansas edged Missouri in the final minute to snap a three-game losing streak:

Arkansas 65, Missouri 63 - Final

Daniel Gafford's dunk with under one minute to play on a feed from Daryl Macon stands as the game-winning bucket, and Arkansas snaps a three-game losing streak. Gafford led the Razorbacks with 15 points and six rebounds. Macon finished with eight points and eight assists. Three assists game in the final four minutes of the game.

Missouri had a couple of good looks at a game-winner in the final seconds, but rimmed out. Kassius Robertson led all scorers with 26 points on 9 of 15 from the floor and 6 of 11 from deep in 39 minutes.

Arkansas 53, Missouri 49 - 7:42 left

A quick 7-0 run by Missouri pulled the Tigers within 51-49 moments ago. After the bucket, Dustin Thomas was found open under the rim for Arkansas' first score in nearly three minutes.

Missouri is letting the 3 fly today. The Tigers' are 9 of 25 from deep in the game, so getting out to shooters over the final eight minutes will be big for Arkansas.

Arkansas 49, Missouri 40 - 11:39 left

Missouri has done a solid job hanging around. Meanwhile, Arkansas can't find much on offense with Jaylen Barford on the bench.

Kassius Robertson and Jordan Geist each have five for the Tigers since the break. Jontay Porter has been sitting with four fouls since the 15-minute mark.

Arkansas 43, Missouri 31 - 15:59 left

Jaylen Barford is on his scheduled second half roll. He's got all eight of Arkansas' points early in the second half and joins Darious Hall as the Hogs' second player in double figures with 11.

Missouri's Jordan Geist has the only other bucket of the second half - a 3-pointer. It's Geist's first score of the day. He came into the game averaging nearly nine per night.

Arkansas 35, Missouri 28 - Half

Arkansas led by as many as 18 in the first half, but Missouri did a great job finding open 3-point shooters late to head into the break down single digits.

Kassius Robertson has a game-high 13 points and knocked down three of the Tigers' six triples. Eighteen of Missouri's 29 first half shots were 3s. Jordan Barnett has seven points as well.

Darious Hall had a great first half for Arkansas, and reached double figures with a couple of free throws with under two seconds left in the half. The Hogs shot 52 percent in the first half.

The 35 points are the most in a first half in SEC play.

Arkansas 32, Missouri 20 - 3:22 left first half

Good things happen when Daniel Gafford touches the basketball. His last three touches have resulted in six points, including two dunks and a pair of made free throws. He has a team-high eight points for the Hogs at this point.

Missouri's Kassius Robertson leads all scorers with 10 on 4 of 8 from the floor. Jeremiah Tilmon and Jontay Porter both have two fouls for the Tigers. Tilmon picked up his second when he sent Gafford to the floor following an Anton Beard triple.

Arkansas 20, Missouri 10 - 7:43 left first half

Mike Anderson placing Darious Hall into the starting lineup is paying big dividends. Hall went on a personal 8-0 run to put Arkansas up 18-7. His movement without the ball on the offensive end and energy defensively have stood out.

The Razorbacks' defense has been sharp to this point. Missouri is shooting just 4 of 18 so far, and Jontay Porter and Jeremiah Tilmon have yet to score.

Arkansas 5, Missouri 5 - 15:38 left first half

The Razorbacks have reeled off four straight to knot the score at the first media timeout. Daniel Gafford, after a couple of misses in the opening minutes, threw down a big dunk for Arkansas' first make. Jaylen Barford then tied the score with one of his patented acrobatic layups.

I like Arkansas' new lineup on the defensive end. It's forced three turnovers in the opening four minutes. But offensively it's a bit limited, especially perimeter shooting.

Pregame

Arkansas will start with Anton Beard, Darious Hall, Jaylen Barford, Dustin Thomas and Daniel Gafford. It marks Hall's first career start, and the first time Daryl Macon has come off the bench since Arkansas' 2017 NCAA Tournament loss to North Carolina.

Missouri will run with Jordan Geist, Kassius Robertson, Jeremiah Tilmon, Jordan Barnett and Jontay Porter.

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