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Arkansas Razorbacks rally to beat Seton Hall Pirates in NCAA Tournament

Arkansas pulled away from Seton Hall late to advance in the NCAA Tournament.

Just as it has all season, depth carried Arkansas to another close victory Friday afternoon.

Despite trailing by eight points midway through the second half, the Razorbacks pulled away from Seton Hall late for a 77-71 win that sends them to the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament.

Arkansas ended the game on a 15-3 run, securing the win when Jaylen Barford forced a Pirates turnover with 24 seconds left and knocked down a pair of free throws that extended the Razorbacks' lead to three.

Playing arguably the best game of his career, Moses Kingsley scored a game-high 23 points on 10 of 13 shooting in addition to his six rebounds and four blocks.

He made the first five shots he took - all jumpers outside the paint, including one three-pointer - and scored 15 in the first half, but his biggest play came shortly after halftime. With Seton Hall leading by five and trying to pull away, Kingsley blocked a would-be dunk by Desi Rodriguez that resulted in a Dusty Hannahs three-pointer on the other end.

However, the Pirates managed to build a lead and hold it for about five minutes before Arkansas turned up the defensive pressure and started to wear them down.

Three of Seton Hall's players were on the court for 36 minutes and only two players off the bench got significant minutes, while the Razorbacks used four players off the bench and none of their starters played more than 33 minutes.

The frenetic pace of the game - which was tied 37-37 at halftime - eventually caught up to Seton Hall, which made just one of its final 11 shots after starting the second half by shooting 52.4 percent.

The Pirates still had a chance to win in the final minute, but Barford surprised point guard Khadeen Carrington with a double-team near half court and caused him to travel. That gave Arkansas the ball with 24 seconds left.

With the shot clock turned off, Seton Hall was forced to foul. The Razorbacks beat the press and - with 18 seconds remaining - Rodriguez fouled Barford to stop the clock. Upon replay review, the officials determined that Rodriguez did not make a play on the basketball, so he was assessed a Flagrant 1.

Instead of Seton Hall getting the ball back after Barford knocked down both free throws to make it a three-point game, Arkansas retained possession. Another trip to the foul line, this time by Daryl Macon, allowed the Razorbacks to put the game away.

Barford finished with 20 points, while also leading the team with seven rebounds and four steals. Hannahs (14 points) and Dustin Thomas (season-high tying 13 points) were in double figures for Arkansas, as well.

Carrington led Seton Hall with 22 points, while Angel Delgado - the NCAA's leading rebounder - posted a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds before fouling out.

The Razorbacks will likely face 1-seed North Carolina in the second round, as the Tar Heels play 16-seed Texas Southern immediately after Arkansas' game. North Carolina has eliminated the Razorbacks in their last two trips to the NCAA Tournament.


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