Georgia had to do a lot of traveling on Wednesday during the day to even get to its game with Arkansas.
But it was the traveling that the Bulldogs didn't get credit for on Wednesday night that will be the biggest memory when the Razorbacks look back on the game.
Georgia star Trey Thompkins hit a free throw with 1.4 seconds left to lift his team to a 60-59 win over Arkansas before a crowd of 7,659 at Bud Walton Arena.
"They feel like I walked," Thompkins said. "I feel like I got fouled."
Thompkins, who had all 12 of his points in the second half, was referring to a play at the end of the game in which he stumbled before missing a shot and then was fouled by Delvon Johnson after grabbing the rebound.
Johnson, who had 9 points, 9 rebounds and 7 of his team's 12 blocks, obviously disagreed with the call.
"I really don't have anything to say about that," Johnson said. "The ref made the call so I guess he didn't travel."
Arkansas head coach John Pelphrey was obviously displeased with the call, but didn't want to draw the ire of the SEC office when asked about the call.
"I can't comment on officiating," Pelphrey said. "I'm not allowed."
Marshawn Powell had 16 points to lead the Razorbacks (14-7, 4-4), who were coming off a huge road win at Vanderbilt and lost for the first time this season in 13 games at home.
It came before a crowd that included over 3,000 students let in for free, which made for one of the better crowds of the season.
Pelphrey went over to the student section to show his appreciation for their effort his season and their turnout on a Wednesday night where ice and snow were plentiful outside.
"I thought it was amazing," Pelphrey said. "Nobody can ever question the heart of the Razorbacks. The student body was phenomenal. It was inspiring."
The call came after Arkansas had rallied from a 59-53 deficit to tie the game on Julysess Nobles' lay-up with 27 seconds left.
"I thought we battled," Pelphrey said. "I thought we hung in there and made some plays...I was very impressed with our guys effort to go down there and get stops to help us get that thing tied back up at 59...We just needed one more."
Georgia head coach Mark Fox may have saved his best post-game line for his Twitter account.
"A day that started in Augusta and better end in Athens had a successful trip to Arkansas in the middle of it," Fox tweeted. "I am proud of our team and ready for some sleep."
Fox probably thought he was due a call after Tennessee appeared to get a gift late in their win at Georgia (15-6, -4) earlier this season.
"If it was karma, I'm not going to say that," Fox said. "I'm not going to touch that."
Arkansas will look back at an 11-of-20 free throw shooting night and getting outrebounded by 43-28 by Bulldogs – the SEC's leader in that department – as the huge factors in the loss.
"Those are things we can control - free throw shooting and rebounding," Pelphrey said. "We just weren't able to do that well enough."
Rebounding hurt us," Pelphrey added later. "There is a bit of a focus to it. It is a five man deal and there are not one or two guys that are going to be able to go out there and solve the issue for us. We have to do it as a team."
The Razorbacks led 19-10 when Rotnei Clarke buried a 3-pointer with 6:45 left in the first half.
But Clarke – who had 36 points in a road win at Vanderbilt on Saturday night - would only score 8 points in the contest.
"You can't leave him ever," Fox said. "He probably gets frustrated because everybody throws the kitchen sink at him, but that's a compliment."br>
The Bulldogs got back with 25-22 at half and Thompkins gave his team a lead with two buckets right out of the locker room in the second half.
"He was certainly fresh," Fox said of his star who got two quick fouls and played only four minutes in the first half.
Georgia shot a season-low 29.4 percent in the opening half.
"I felt like I coached terrible in the first half," Fox said. "I don't know if my players were tired, I just felt like I didn't coach very good. I don't know if it was the travel or if I am just not a very good coach. I have to give their defense a lot of credit for that, too."
Georgia actually grabbed a seven-point lead before Arkansas began a comeback that resulted in tying the game five different times – the next to last time at 52-52 with 5:09 left on Jeff Peterson's bucket.
Thompkins' 3-pointer with 3:49 left was the last field goal of the night by the visitors, whose only point the rest of the way was the free throw with 1.4 left.
"I think we came into the game number one in the league and it is something that we do well," Fox said. "We felt like we had to win the rebounding battle to win the game."
Arkansas has to rebound quick because Ole Miss comes to Bud Walton Arena for a 5 p.m. game on Saturday night.
"The thing we have to do is go back and look at it and see where we could have played better and get ourselves prepared to play the next one," Pelphrey said. "Mississippi is a very good team."
Georgia 60, Arkansas 59
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