Clemson, S.C. -- Rod Hall scored 11 of his 19 points in the final minute of regulation and overtime to rally Clemson to a 68-65 victory over No. 18 Arkansas on Sunday night.
“This was a big win for our program,” said Clemson head coach Brad Brownell. “It’s hard to schedule these types of games. I wasn’t real happy after the Rutgers game, but our guys really came out and competed hard today.”
The Tigers (5-3) trailed 57-51 on Bobby Portis' layup with 1:17 to go. That's when Hall led the Clemson comeback. He made a layup before converting a Razorbacks' turnover into another basket.
Rashad Madden coughed up the ball again for Arkansas, and Jaron Blossomgame made a layup to tie the game at 57-57.
"In the last minute of the game we used our press and stole the ball and the 1-3-1 bothered them late in the game a little bit," Brownell said. " Our guys made plays, we got it to even up and Rod was tremendous. That was really the difference in the game for us.”
Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson saw his team lose its second road game this week after having won four of its last six dating back to last season and including a win earlier this season at SMU.
“I’m certainly disappointed of the outcome and I told the players I’ll take the blame for that," Anderson said. "We didn’t go away. Hall made some big plays and Brad did a great job keeping his guys engaged. We didn’t finish the way we are capable of finishing off games.”
Hall started the extra period with a 3-pointer to put Clemson out front for good.
Michael Qualls hit a 3-pointer to bring Arkansas within 68-65 with 1:01 to play. But that was as close as the Razorbacks (6-2) would get as his potential game-tying three in the final seconds was off.
“I thought it was one of those desperation shots," Anderson said. "We were out of timeouts and wanted to get off a quality shot. We still had time on the clock and it’s all about making the extra pass, but we will learn from it.”
Qualls had 21 points and Portis 18 for Arkansas.
Madden, averaging 11.9 points and 6 assists per game, was scoreless and had five assists and five turnovers.
Once it got in overtime, momentum kind of shifted," Anderson said. "But it wasn't because of lack of effort. We just didn't finish the way that we're capable of."
Blossomgame added 17 points for Clemson, which defeated its second Southeastern Conference opponent this season after earlier taking down LSU.
Clemson 68, Arkansas 65
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