Arkansas 78, Texas Tech 65

DALLAS -- Bob Knight's 1,199th game as a college basketball coach was his first against Arkansas, and he perhaps never saw a first-half ending quite like Wednesday night's in the American Airlines Center.

Hogs freshman guard Sean McCurdy stunned 14,280 evenly divided fans with a leaping, two-handed, buzzer-beating, 57-foot bank shot for a 39-36 Arkansas lead at halftime.

Thus inspired, Arkansas (9-2) made Tech its seventh straight victim in winning 78-65. The Red Raiders fell to 6-6, losing for the fourth time in five games.

Former Tech coach and current athletic director Gerald Myers sighed a few moments after McCurdy's fling and moaned, "It was his (McCurdy's) first minute in the game!"

Actually, McCurdy played all of 15.5 seconds. His rebound of a Terry Martin miss set up his majestic shot, which banked in.

The Razorbacks had raced to a 12-2 lead in the first 4 minutes, 8 seconds, during which time Knight implored his team during a TV timeout, "Get good shots! That's all I'm asking!"

Red Raiders freshman Dior Lowhorn immediately complied with a left-handed bank shot and three-point play, and Tech eventually tied Arkansas 30-30 on a Darryl Dora basket, 3:20 before intermission.

Five lead changes later, Ronnie Brewer made a free throw that tied the score at 36 and started Arkansas on an 11-0 run spanning both halves and spiced by McCurdy's remarkable heave.

At halftime, Tech led 19-15 in rebounds, but Arkansas had forced 10 Tech turnovers while committing just six itself. By the finish, Tech had just a 32-31 board edge, with 21 turnovers to Arkansas' 11.

Alan Voskuil, a 6-foot-3 Tech freshman making just his second start, tried to muscle Brewer early but picked up two quick fouls. Brewer settled for seven first-half points, including back-to-back dunks at one point. Charles Thomas led the Hogs in the first half with eight points. Jonathon Modica scored seven in the first half, spiced by a double-clutch, falling-down shot for a 33-32 UA lead. Modica finished with a team-high 15 points.

Jarrius Jackson slashed his way to the basket effectively enough to score 12 first-half points for Tech and 19 for the game. Dora was the only other Red Raider in double figures with 12 points.

Eric Ferguson scored 13 points for Arkansas -- his fourth straight game in double figures --and made the biggest plays of the second half when he stopped a Jackson drive, stole the ball and soon delivered an alley-oop pass to Dontell Jefferson for a dunk that put the Hogs up 65-58 with 4:20 to go.

Jefferson (14 points) made another basket at 4:00 for 67-58, and the Hogs never looked back.

Brewer was held to a season-low 12 points, but contributed five of Arkansas' 12 steals.

Darian Townes had six of his eight points in the second half for Arkansas, and added five rebounds in a reserve role.

Tech outshot Arkansas in the first half, but the Razorbacks ended up with a .467 percentage to Tech's .451. The Hogs were 20 of 30 from the free throw line, to Tech's 16 of 19.

The Hogs are now off until a home game Dec. 30 against Texas-Pan American.

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