FAYETTEVILLE- After Daniel Gafford’s tip-in eked Arkansas to it last lead with 16 seconds left the Razorback survived three Oklahoma State misses to edge the Cowboys, 66-65 in Saturday’s SEC vs. Big 12 Challenge game before a packed house at Walton Arena.
OSU’s Jeffrey Carroll missed a jumper with seven seconds left and OSU big man Mitchell Solomon missed a follow that Arkansas big man Trey Thompson rebounded and was immediately fouled.
Thompson missed the front end of his one and one with two seconds left but Lindy Waters’ nearly fullcourt try for a trey fell away as the Razorbacks advanced to 15-6 and ended a five-game losing streak to the Cowboys since the 1971 Razorbacks last beat the Cowboys in Barnhill Fieldhouse.
OSU falls to 13-8.
Senior guard Daryl Macon scored 22 of Arkansas’ 66 points including 13 in the first half that Arkansas never led.
With senior mainstay scoring guard Jaylen Barford scoreless after hitting two first-half 3s, the Razorbacks relied on Macon, their lone double-figures scorer Saturday, and some big plays by Thompson, Gafford, senior guard Anton Beard and senior forward Dustin Thomas to avenge last year’s 99-71 SEC/Big 12 Challenge l loss to the Cowboys in Stillwater.
Waters led OSU Saturday with 10 points while Solomon and Brandon Averette scored 10 OSU points each.
Oklahoma State opened the game with a surge and Arkansas in a trance as the Cowboys led, 9-0.
Then role reversal. A Barford 3 from the corner and a Beard steal and layup ignited an 8-0 Razorbacks run.
The 9-8 deficit would prove as close as Arkansas could come during OSU’s 40-32 first half.
The Cowboys mounted an 11-0 run immediately after Arkansas closed to one.
The Razorbacks rallied to cut it 38-35 on Darious Hall’s out of nowhere shot block on one end leading to Macon’s layup on the other.
However the Razorbacks lost the last of the half’s momentum with Trey Thompson missing inside on a feed from Macon with seven seconds, and OSU then scoring on Brandon Averette’s buzzer-beating layup.
Arkansas didn’t help itself at the first-half free throw line. The Hogs made but 1 of 4, including Barford missing a front end of a one and one with the Cowboys scoring on the other end, while OSU made 4 of 6 and hit 15 of 30 from the field including six treys.
Macon, 3 of 5 and Barford, 2 of 3, accounted for Arkansas hitting 5 of 10 first-half treys.
Arkansas didn’t take its first lead until a 3-pointer by C.J Jones put the Hogs up until Arlando Cook’s tip-in had them up, 50-49 at 10:49.
Neither team led by more than two thereafter.