After one riding a three-game win streak, the Razorback basketball team is now skidding the other way.
J.J. Frazier scored a game-high 26 points, Yaten Maten 17 points and 12 rebounds and Kenny Gaines 16 points as Georgia sent visiting Arkansas to its third straight loss with a 76-73 decision in overtime Saturday in Athens.
Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson pointed to his team’s 17-of-28 free throw shooting – the Razorbacks entered the game second in the SEC in free throw shooting at 72.4 percent - and being unable to get the ball in with 17 seconds left and a chance to win it in regulation.
“We had an unbelievable amount of opportunities to win this game and didn’t take advantage of it,” Anderson said, “between missing free throws – I mean 17-of-28 and we are a much free throw shooting team than that - and then we have an opportunity when they miss free throws and we are up in regulation, up two and get the rebound and I don’t even know if that was a travel. He dropped the ball.
“And then the sidelines out of bounds and we don’t even get the ball in. You can’t keep having those windows of opportunity and them just kind of going away from you.
“I mean we got And-1s and all we have to do is make the free throws and put the pressure on Georgia from a standpoint of getting ahead and we just didn’t do it. We get in overtime and we have two straight turnovers.
“It is one of those that we have to kick ourselves because we had the windows of opportunity.”
Dusty Hannahs led Arkansas (9-10, 3-4) with 24 points, Anton Beard scored all of his career-high 18 points after intermission and Moses Kingsley had 11 points and 10 rebounds while playing just two minutes in the first half because of foul trouble.
The loss was on top of Thursday night’s home loss to Kentucky (82-68) and a road loss at LSU a week ago.
Six of Arkansas’ 10 losses have been by four points or less.
It is only the fourth time in Anderson’s coaching career that he has had a team under .500 with all of those coming this season.
“They are going to make an old man out of me real quick,” Anderson said. “I thought our guys fought, getting the residue of the Kentucky (off) and coming and playing a Georgia team that was very, very hungry.”
Georgia (11-6, 4-3) head coach Mark Fox was happy with this team’s second straight win after suffering a humbling 79-45 home loss to Texas A&M.
“It was a big win,” Fox said. “We beat a very hard-nosed, well-coached basketball team. This was a real battle, a good SEC battle and we were fortunate to win the game.”
Georgia was just 16-of-30 from the free throw line and Arkansas had several chances to close out the game in regulation and failed to do so.
The Bulldogs out-rebounded Arkansas 46-36 with 13 of the home team’s boards coming on the offensive end.
The scheduled gets no easier for Arkansas as it hosts No. 10 and SEC-leading Texas A&M (17-2, 7-0) on Wednesday night in r rematch of the Aggies 92-69 thumping of the Razorbacks in College Station on Jan. 2.
“I told them that you guys have to mirror me,” Anderson said. “You may knock me down tomorrow, but you are going to have some heck coming at you the next day.
“We are going to get back and we can’t feel sorry for ourselves and we can’t lick our wounds or anything like that. We have to get back in the gym and get ready for an A&M team.
“We need Bud Walton Arena packed to the max and we will bring the energy. Trust me, we will bring the energy.”