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Arkansas Razorbacks' season ends with loss to North Carolina Tar Heels

Arkansas' season ended in heartbreaking fashion Sunday.

Arkansas led North Carolina 65-60 with 3:28 to go in the game on Sunday, but the Hogs never scored again and lost 72-65 to the TarHeels in the NCAA Tournament in Greenville, S.C. The win allows top-seeded North Carolina (29-7) to advance to the Sweet 16 while Arkansas (26-10) sees its season end.

North Carolina appeared to be headed for a blowout win as they held a 17-point lead with 5:31 remaining in the first half. However the Hogs closed the first half on a 16-6 run to pull within 38-33 at intermission. Daryl Macon, who scored only seven points against Seton Hall on Friday, led the comeback charge. He finished the game with 19 to lead the Hogs.

Dustin Thomas gave the Hogs their first lead of the game, 47-46, with 12:58 remaining. The next nine minutes of the game was good for the Hogs as they built a five-point lead at various times.

However, Arkansas couldn't get any good looks at the basket in the final 3:28 throwing up several errant 3-pointers. North Carolina had a big day at the free throw line hitting 19-of-25 while Arkansas only hit 5-of-8. Arkansas did a much better job on the boards in the second half. North Carolina had 14 offensive rebounds in the first half, but only added four to that total in the second half. North Carolina did win the battle of the boards 45-32.

In addition to Macon's points, Anton Beard was the only other Razorback in double-figure scoring finishing with 10. Moses Kingsley and Jaylen Barford had nine points each while Dusty Hannahs had eight. Manuale Watkins added four points and a team-leading eight rebounds.

Kennedy Meeks had a double-double to lead North Carolina with 16 points, 11 rebounds. Justin Jackson added 15 points and Joel Berry 10. North Carolina created 19 turnovers, but also had 17 of their own. The Hogs hit 43-percent from the field to 38 for North Carolina.


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