FAYETTEVILLE - Just when it seemed Vanderbilt had seized the momentum with a dunk to end regulation, the Commodores ran out of gas.
Jabril Durham forced two big turnovers in overtime and canned four fouls shots in the final 20.6 seconds to lead Arkansas to a 90-85 overtime victory Tuesday before 6,387 at Bud Walton Arena in SEC basketball.
The Commodores tied it on Damian Jones' dunk at the buzzer. He took an 85-foot pass on the wing and drove to the rim. His dunk was reviewed and deemed good by official Olandis Poole.
The Hogs (7-7, 1-1) had taken the lead on a Anthlon Bell 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds left. Arkansas coach Mike Anderson called timeout as the Commodores were inbounding the ball.
Guard Anthon Beard ended up on the 6-10 Jones on a switch on the inbounds play as the Commodores swapped sides of the court with their big man. Jones outjumped the 6-1 Beard for the pass and drove uncontested for the dunk. Moses Kingsley, the 6-11 Arkansas center, left Jones on the switch.
"We had miscommunication," Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said. "It shouldn't have happened.
"You shouldn't be switching on screens 94 feet away. You shouldn't be hugging someone that closely. Their big guy was in front of their bench and went on the other side. (Beard) shouldn't have been on him."
The Commodores took an 80-77 lead in overtime, but succumbed on a wave of turnovers. They committed five turnovers in the last three minutes of overtime and finished with a season-high 26. The killer came with seven seconds left when guard Wade Baldwin was stripped by Durham as he dribbled at the top of the key. Baldwin quickly fouled Durham with 5.2 seconds left and the Arkansas guard clinched the victory with two clean free throws.
"Fatigue became a factor in overtime," Anderson said. "Jabril forced two big turnovers. He slapped one off of them in front of their bench and then got the steal at the end.
"Our defense was the difference. For a Kevin Stallings team to commit 26 turnovers is unchracteristic. But we wanted to pressure them, speed them up and we did. Our guys were active. They played for each other. Their rotations were good. They were fixing things on defense."
Stallings, the Vanderbilt coach, was disappointed at giving up Bell's 3-pointer near the end of regulation. He had called timeout after getting the go-ahead basket with 12.8 seconds left. Durham drove to the lane only to kick the ball to a wide-open 3-pointer for Bell.
"We got caught staring at the ball and left the shooter," he said. "That shouldn't happen.
"We had too many breakdowns at the end of the game to win. It was a good effort, but we didn't take care of the ball."
Bell said the Hogs knew they could pressure Baldwin. The Vandy point guard committed eight turnovers.
"We talked about that in pre-game," Bell said. "Pressure bothered them last year here. They want to go from point A to B and we didn't let them reverse the ball. They had only one comfortable handling the ball and even he got sloppy."
Bell scored 26 points and Moses Kingsley scored 25 to lead Arkansas. The Razorbacks outscored the Commodores 13-5 over the final 3:23 of overtime after Vanderbilt had taken an 80-77 lead.
Kingsley tied the game on a layup with 2:52 left in overtime and Dusty Hannahs gave Arkansas the lead on a runner with 2:27 remaining. The baskets were set up after steals by Bell and Jabril Durham.
Jones scored 24 points and had 15 rebounds before fouling out in overtime. Matthew Fisher-Davis added 20 points for the Commodores (8-6, 0-2).
Keaton Miles had baskets on consecutive possessions to give the Razorbacks the lead with less than two minutes remaining in regulation, but Vanderbilt regained the lead 75-74 on a runner by Wade Baldwin with 12.8 seconds remaining. That set up Bell's 3-pointer, his sixth of the game.
Arkansas led 40-32 at halftime and by as many as 13 points early in the second half. The game included 13 ties and 15 lead changes.
Stallings was disappointed that Hannahs gathered two cricial offensive rebounds in overtime and three for the game.
"He's a good player and he hurt us with his drives," Stallings said. "But he shouldn't be getting offensive rebounds. He's a good player. He's better off the dribble than people think."
Hannahs made only 2 of 11 shots, but canned 9 of 10 from the foul line to finish with 13 points. He moved ahead of Jimmy Whitt in the starting rotation.
"I got Dusty in the lineup because people had been packing it in against us," Anderson said. "He got to the line 10 times and that's good for us."
The turnover differential helped the Hogs get 71 shots from the field, 19 more than the Commodores.
"The possession game, that's big," Anderson said. "We got shots up. We shared the basketball. It was a team victory."
The Hogs play host to Mississippi State at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.