Associated Press

Arkansas 75, Tennessee 65

Dusty Hannahs and Anthlon Bell combine for 33 points and go 7-of-10 from 3-point range as Arkansas downs Tennessee 75-65 Saturday night in Knoxville

Arkansas used the power of the three Saturday night to win its third straight game and only its second of the season away from home.

Dusty Hannahs had 17 points and Anthlon Bell 16 and the pair combined to hit 7-of-10 3-pointers in leading the Razorbacks over Tennessee 75-65 at Thompson-Boling Arena. 

Anton Beard added 10 points and Moses Kingsley 9 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks for Arkansas (15-14, 8-8), which knocked down 9 of 19 3-pointers while winning its third straight game after enduring a three-game losing streak. 

 “When you come on the road and make shots, it certainly helps, but I thought tonight was just as much about our defense,” Razorback head coach Mike Anderson said. “It was intact, especially our match-up zone in the second half when it kind of pushed them out of their rhythm.

“…I thought our defense was working and our guys were really engaged with one another.”

Jabril Durham had 6 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and now has 25 assists and zero turnovers in his last four games.

Arkansas, now in a four-way tie for seventh in the SEC race, shot 48.1 percent (25-of-52) from the night from the field, but was sizzling in the second half when it shot 62 percent (13-of-22) after taking a 34-33 lead to intermission.

It was only the Razorbacks’ third win in 24 years at Thompson-Boling Arena and just the Vols’ third loss of the season at home.

“We came out and made shots – Dusty and Bell – and we had good ball movement,” Anderson said. “The result of good shooting is good ball movement. I thought we were in attack mode.”

Arkansas got a big lift from its bench again on Saturday as the Razorback reserves outscored the Vol bench, 27-9.

That comes a game after outscoring LSU’s bench, 32-0.

Beard had his 10 points off the bench while Manny Watkins and Jimmy Whitt each had six points and Trey Thompson had 5 points and 7 rebounds.

“Our bench is really, really coming on  and we saw it again,” Anderson said. “Beard coming in and making some big plays for us. Jimmy Whiit – how about his play?

“And we continue to see the emergence and impact of Trey Thompson.

Tennessee (13-16, 6-10) played its third straight game without Kevin Punter, Jr., who has a stress fracture in his right foot.

 

Punter averages 22.2 points per game and entered the game ranked 12th among all Division I players in scoring.

 

The Volunteers also were missing Robert Hubbs III, who averages 10.8 points per game.

 

Armani Moore had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Tennessee, which has lost four of its last five games. Admiral Schhofield added 15 points and 9 rebounds, and Shemabri Phillips had 13 points.

 

With Punter and Hubbs not playing, the Volunteers used a starting lineup that featured all three of Tennessee's eligible scholarship freshmen: Kyle Alexander, Phillips and Schofield.

 

This marked the first time Tennessee started three true freshmen in the same game since Feb. 3, 2007.

 

Arkansas won by relying on the 3-point attack that has sparked the Razorbacks all season.

Arkansas was 9 of 19 on 3-pointers, while Tennessee was just 4 of 21 from beyond the arc.

The Razorbacks have made 40.7 percent of their 3-point attempts (203 of 499) this year and are on pace to break the school single-season record of .395 set in 1992-93.

Arkansas entered the night ranked 10th among all Division I programs in 3-point percentage.

The Razorbacks will travel to face Alabama Wednesday night at 8 p.m before closing out the regular season by hosting South Carolina on Saturday at 4 p.m.


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