KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Univ. of Ark.) - Despite becoming the first visiting team to score 70 points at Thompson-Boling Arena this season, Arkansas couldn't fend off a late charge by Tennessee in an 81-74 SEC loss on Wednesday night.
The Vols' second half run was led by senior Jordan McRae, who scored 24 of his career-high 34 points in the final frame. McRae's 12-of-14 night at the free throw line was a large part of Tennessee out-scoring the Razorbacks 30-11 at the charity stripe, while getting there 21 more times.
Arkansas led by as many as eight, 63-55 (11:30) in the second half and even limited the Vols to just one made field goal over the final 8:18, but fell victim due to 15-of-20 shooting at the free throw line by the home team over the final 6:31.
With under three minutes to play and Arkansas holding a 68-66 lead, the Razorbacks were whistled for a flagrant-1 foul underneath the hoop in a halfcourt set. Tennessee took advantage of the foul, making both free throws and getting the ball to McRae on the ensuing in-bounds pass for a three that gave the Vols five points in a matter of six seconds.
The three-pointer following the flagrant foul was part of a critical 7-0 run that jump-started the Vols and McRae, as he scored the team's final 13 points to secure Tennessee's (12-6, 3-2) 10th home win of the year.
Senior Coty Clarke led Arkansas (12-6, 1-4) with 16 points, including 14 in the second half, and nine rebounds, while junior Rashad Madden (15), redshirt senior Fred Gulley III (11) and senior Kikko Haydar (10) all finished in double figures