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Arkansas rolls to 84-72 victory over Mizzou

Arkansas’ Keaton Miles (55) and Missouri’s Jakeenan Gant (23) fought for rebounding position on a free-throw in the first half as the Razorbacks and Tigers played Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark.
Arkansas’ Keaton Miles (55) and Missouri’s Jakeenan Gant (23) fought for rebounding position on a free-throw in the first half as the Razorbacks and Tigers played Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark. The Associated Press

Missouri’s performance Saturday against Arkansas at Bud Walton Arena wasn’t as bad as an historic loss last month at Mizzou Arena, but it wasn’t good enough to snap an historic road losing streak either.

The Razorbacks drilled double-digit three-pointers for only the third time this season in a 84-72 victory against the Tigers before a crowd of 16,617.

“When they shoot threes as well as they did, it’s tough for us to defend them,” Mizzou coach Kim Anderson said of Arkansas’ 10-of-26 three-point performance. “We kind of went into it with the idea that we were going to let Jabril (Durham) shoot from three and he knocked down two early, so that didn’t work.”

Durham, a senior, and junior guard Dusty Hannahs connected on five of the Razorbacks’ seven first-half three-pointers and never let the Tigers, who were playing with a depleted frontcourt, grab a lead.

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Senior forward Ryan Rosburg, who had averaged 20 points and seven rebounds in his previous four games, was limited to 11 points and two rebounds in 17 minutes before fouling out with 2:17 remaining.

He sat the final 12:59 of the first half and picked up his fourth foul with 10:28 remaining in the second half, which severely limited his effectiveness over the course of the game.

“Ryan had kind of become one of the focal points of our offense,” Anderson said. “Taking that away forced us to change a little bit. I thought in the first half, it hurt us.”

The Tigers, 10-17 and 3-11 in the SEC, already were shorthanded inside without junior forward Russell Woods, who attended his grandfather’s funeral Saturday in Chicago.

Still, Missouri only trailed 79-70 with 1:44 remaining after Missouri sophomore Namon Wright completed an old-fashioned three-point play. The comeback, though, stalled there.

Wright finished with 12 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, while freshman forward Kevin Puryear pumped in a career-best 23 points — his third 20-point effort of the season — and added seven rebounds.

“We didn’t win, so it doesn’t mean that much to me,” Puryear said.

The Tigers, who entered play with a modest two-game win streak, have lost 24 consecutive road games, 21 in a row on the road in SEC play and 28 straight away from Mizzou Arena against NCAA Division I teams.

Missouri trailed by 13 at halftime against Arkansas, which delivered the biggest win by any visitor in Mizzou Arena history with a 94-61 thumping on Jan. 12.

It was the Tigers’ worst home loss since Wilt Chamberlain’s 1957 Kansas team also won by 33 points. The only time Missouri has ever lost a home game by more than 33 was a 74-38 loss against Iowa Pre-Flight on Jan. 13, 1945.

When Arkansas’ Hannahs, who finished with 22 points and six rebounds, went on a personal five-point run around the two-minute mark in the first half, it looked like Arkansas might claim another lopsided win.

The Razorbacks, 13-14 and 6-8 in conference, led 41-24 at that point, but the Tigers rattled off six straight points, including four by sophomore guard Tramaine Isabell.

Early in the second half, Rosburg helped power a Mizzou rally early with two buckets inside, a block against Arkansas senior Keaton Miles at the rim and a defensive rebound.

The Tigers pulled within 45-39 on Puryear’s three-pointer from the right wing off a kick-out from Wright, which capped the 9-2 surge.

The Razorbacks, who snapped a three-game slide, countered with six straight points, punctuated by sophomore forward Trey Thompson’s reverse dunk off an alley-oop pass from Durham, who scored 17 with six assists and zero turnovers.

Missouri never drew closer than eight points the rest of the way as Arkansas, which dominated the boards 47-40, pulled away again after Rosburg picked up his fourth foul with 10:28 remaining.

“We got Rosburg in foul trouble, which was a big key in this game,” said Arkansas coach Mike Anderson, who went 111-57 in five seasons at Mizzou from 2006-11. “Puryear, give him credit. He kind of carried this team and helped them stay within striking distance.”

Missouri freshman guard Terrence Phillips finished with a game-high seven assists and five rebounds.

Despite extra attention from Mizzou’s defense, Arkansas junior Moses Kingsley chipped in 15 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

ARKANSAS 84, MISSOURI 72

TableStyle: SP-bkwideplayersCCI Template: SP-bkwideplayers

Missouri

Min

FG-A

FT-A

O-R

A

PF

PT

Puryear

34

6-14

10-11

3-7

2

1

23

Rosburg

17

5-7

1-2

0-2

0

5

11

Phillips

30

0-6

2-2

0-5

7

3

2

Wright

28

4-10

1-1

1-12

2

2

12

VanLeer

31

2-4

0-0

0-1

3

2

6

Gant

18

3-6

0-1

0-3

1

2

6

Isabell

18

2-6

2-3

0-2

0

3

6

Walton

15

0-5

0-0

2-3

1

1

0

Allen

9

3-5

0-2

0-1

2

2

6

TEAM

   

2-4

   

Totals

200

25-63

16-22

8-40

18

21

72

Percentages: FG .397, FT .727. Three-Point Goals: 6-23, .261 (Wright 3-7, VanLeer 2-4, Puryear 1-3, Isabell 0-2, Gant 0-2, Walton 0-2, Phillips 0-3). Blocked Shots: 4 (Rosburg 2, Phillips, Gant). Turnovers: 10 (Puryear 4, Wright 3, VanLeer, Rosburg, Phillips). Steals: 3 (Rosburg, Puryear, Walton). Technical Fouls: None.

TableStyle: SP-bkwideplayersCCI Template: SP-bkwideplayers

Arkansas

Min

FG-A

FT-A

O-R

A

PF

PT

Kingsley

29

6-12

3-5

3-12

0

4

15

Miles

21

1-3

0-1

3-6

3

4

2

Hannahs

30

7-13

4-4

1-6

2

2

22

Durham

28

5-11

4-6

0-4

6

2

17

Bell

27

1-11

4-4

1-3

2

2

7

Whitt

17

1-2

4-4

0-2

0

1

7

Thompson

16

2-3

0-0

1-4

1

3

4

Watkins

14

3-6

0-0

1-3

2

3

6

Beard

11

1-6

0-0

1-2

2

1

3

Kouassi

7

0-0

1-4

1-2

0

0

1

TEAM

   

1-3

   

Totals

200

27-67

20-28

13-47

18

22

84

Percentages: FG .403, FT .714. Three-Point Goals: 10-26, .385 (Hannahs 4-9, Durham 3-6, Whitt 1-1, Beard 1-2, Bell 1-8). Blocked Shots: 7 (Miles 4, Thompson, Kingsley, Kouassi). Turnovers: 7 (Watkins 2, Kingsley 2, Miles, Kouassi, Bell). Steals: 5 (Durham 2, Beard, Miles, Hannahs). Technical Fouls: None.

Half: Arkansas 43-30. Attendance: 16,617. Officials: C.J. Washington, Patrick Evans, Garrick Shannon.

AP-WF-02-21-16 0255GMT

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