LEXINGTON, Ky. - Coty Clarke scored seven points in overtime and Arkansas upset No. 17 Kentucky 71-67 on Thursday night to complete a season sweep.
Six weeks after Michael Qualls beat the Wildcats with a last-second dunk in OT, Clarke lifted the Razorbacks this time with a 3-pointer and four free throws in the extra period, including two with 36.7 seconds left for a 69-64 lead.
Free throws were the difference in the game, with Arkansas making all six attempts in overtime and going 16 for 16 overall. Kentucky was 12 of 22 from the line.
"The script went like it always goes it seems - another overtime game," Anderson said. "These two games with Kentucky and maybe we have learned our lesson - staying in there and learning how to finish out a game.
"What can I say -our guys just have a tremendous, tremendous effort," Anderson added. "We came out on our toes. We didn't come out on our heels."
James Young's long-range basket brought Kentucky (21-7, 11-4 Southeastern Conference) within two, but Arkansas' Kikko Haydar made two more from the line with 17 seconds left for the final margin.
"I am just so proud of our guys and we had a great contingent here of Arkansas people so it was a great night for the Razorbacks indeed," Anderson said.
Clarke finished with 11 points, one of four Razorbacks in double figures. Qualls scored 14 to lead the way, with Rashad Madden adding 12 and Anthlon Bell 10.
Aaron Harrison and Andrew Harrison each missed a 3-pointer at the end for the Wildcats.
The surging Razorbacks (19-9, 8-7) have won four straight and six of seven.
"We have been playing well," Anderson said. "I think our guys are playing with a lot of confidence. You could see that from the start we had. They trusted one another and I thought our defense was the difference in the game tonight."
Kentucky head coach John Calipari was obviously disappointed as his team lost for only the fourth time in 86 games at home since he has been at the helm of the Wildcats.
Those losses have been to Texas A&M and Baylor as well as both Florida and Arkansas this season.
"We took two steps back tonight," Calipari said. "This one, it's almost like you're waiting (and wondering) 'What's going to happen in the next game?'"
It also gave the Razorbacks bragging rights in a matchup of the SEC's top two offenses. But they had to do it at the foul line with baskets hard to come by for both teams in a scrappy second half.
Trailing 50-43 with 12:03 remaining and struggling for offensive consistency, the Wildcats battled back with tough defense to outscore the Razorbacks 11-2 over 6:14.
Cauley-Stein's dunk at the 5:31 mark provided Kentucky's first lead since the early minutes.
But the Wildcats missed three of four free throws late in regulation, allowing Arkansas to come back and force overtime.
Arkansas had a chance to win at the end of regulation after Clarke blocked Andrew Harrison's jumper, but Alandis Harris' long 3-pointer bounced off the rim.
Clarke took over from there in overtime.
Michael Qualls knocks down a 3-pointer.
Coty Clarke celebrates after Arkansas' big win over Kentucky.
Jared Polson and Mardracus Sade race for a loose ball.
Rashad Madden looks to pass.
Willie Cauley-Stein goes in for one of his numerous dunks on Thursday night.
Andrew Harrison is defended by Kikko Haydar.
Arkansas 71, Kentucky 67
Hawgs Daily Top Stories
TCU vs Iowa State primerAfter falling in double-overtime to Arkansas, TCU looks to get back to their winning ways against Iowa State.
Horned Frog Insider09/15/2016
The Ultimate Midlands TeamThere is a lot of talent in the Midlands region, with a vast majority of the highest rated recruits playing high school football in the Lone Star State. Which prospects made the…
These rival helmet color swaps are revoltingSwapping rival teams' helmet colors? It shouldn't have been done, but someone did it anyway.
Post-July 2017 Top 100 Player RankingsWith the July evaluation periods, Nike Skills Academy, adidas Nations and Under Armour's Elite 24 over, Scout's basketball recruiting team has updated the 2017 top 100. DeAndre…