Bob Holt is a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A graduate of the University of Missouri, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America, and a voter for the Heisman Trophy and AP Top 25 basketball poll. Holt has been awarded Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year twice.
In the lane:
Streak hits 1,000 on 3 from Jones
Arkansas guard Mason Jones shoots over South Carolina forward Chris Silva during a game Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, in Columbia, S.C.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Mason Jones is now the answer to a University of Arkansas basketball trivia question.
Who hit the three-point basket that extended the Razorbacks' streak to 1,000 games?
Jones did it when he drained a three-pointer with 18:43 left in the first half of Saturday's game at South Carolina after Razorbacks junior forward Adrio Bailey stole the ball from Chris Silva.
It was tough for Jones to enjoy the milestone basket because the Gamecocks beat the Razorbacks 77-65.
"It means something to the program, to get to 1,000 games," Jones said of the three-point streak. "But I wish it could have come in a win."
The Razorbacks hit 6 of 22 three-pointers on Saturday after Jones gave them a 2 of 2 start.
Arkansas became the sixth NCAA Division 1 men's team to have a streak of 1,000 games with at least one three-point basket.
Western Kentucky joined the club on Thursday night when the Hilltoppers won 92-85 at Rice in overtime.
Going into Saturday's games UNLV had the longest current active streak at 1,061 games, followed by Vanderbilt (1,053) and Duke (1,043) and Western Kentucky.
Kentucky had its streak of consecutive games with a three-point end at 1,047 when the Wildcats went 0 of 6 in a 78-73 victory over Davidson last season in a first-round NCAA Tournament game.
UNLV, Vanderbilt and Princeton (925 going into Saturday's games) have hit at least one three-point basket in every game they have played since the shot was added for the 1986-87 season.
The last time Arkansas didn't hit a three-pointer was in a 99-92 victory at Texas on Jan. 7, 1989, when the Razorbacks were 0 of 2
Tough at home
South Carolina improved to 4-1 in SEC home games.
In addition to Arkansas, the Gamecocks have beaten Mississippi State, Auburn and Missouri in Colonial Life Arena.
South Carolina's only SEC home loss is No. 1 Tennessee, 92-70, on Jan. 29.
"Obviously disappointed with the outcome, but let's give credit to the South Carolina team," Arkansas Coach Mike Anderson said. "I thought they did what they had to do to protect the home court.
"They've been really good at home."
Arkansas fell to 3-4 in road games, including 2-3 in SEC play.
The next three-point basket Arkansas guard Isaiah Joe hits will put him in a tie with Rotnei Clarke for the Razorbacks' freshman record.
Clarke set the Razorbacks' freshman record with 83 three-pointers during the 2008-09 season.
Joe hit 3 of 9 three-pointers against the Gamecocks and is now 82 of 187 this season.
Mike & Frank
WIth the victory, South Carolina Coach Frank Martin now trails 10-8 in SEC and Big 12 games against Arkansas Coach Mike Anderson.
Anderson's Missouri teams and Martin's Kansas State teams were 4-4 against each other. Anderson's Razorbacks are 6-4 against Martin's Gamecocks after Saturday's loss.
Eight isn't enough
Arkansas sophomore forward Daniel Gafford scored a season-low eight points on Saturday when he played 22 minutes because of foul problems.
Gafford's previous season-low had been nine points against Florida at home and at Ole Miss.
The Razorbacks are 0-3 this season when Gafford has scored fewer than 11 points.
Arkansas freshman guard Isaiah Joe drew two charges on Saturday to tie sophomore forward Gabe Osabuohien for the team lead with 19 each.
Joe drew a charge from A.J. Lawson with 16:40 left in the first half to give him 18.
Osabuohien regained the lead at 19 when he drew a foul on Alanza Frink with 10:07 left in the first half.
Joe then tied Osabuohien again when he took a charge from Maik Kotsar with 17:40 left in the second half.
The Razorbacks have taken 53 charges this season.
Vs. South Carolina
South Carolina ended a three-game losing streak against Arkansas, which had been 5-1 in its previous six games against the Gamecocks.
The Razorbacks have a 20-14 series lead and are 7-8 in games at South Carolina.
Arkansas and South Carolina never had played in basketball until both schools joined the SEC for the 1991-92 season.
Before Arkansas played South Carolina on Saturday afternoon, James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt played in Colonial Life Arena on Friday night as part of their concert tour.
A crew worked overnight to change the arena floor back to a basketball court from a concert stage.
Arkansas had its shoot-around at the arena at 7:30 a.m. Central time -- seven hours before tipoff.
Sports on 02/10/2019
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