On a night when University of Arkansas junior center Steven Hill had a career-night, it was another big man that stole the show at the buzzer.
Georgia forward Steve Newman hit a deep 3-pointer from way behind the top of the key – his third of the game and the last two minutes – as the Bulldogs ended Arkansas' 16-game home winning streak and escaped Bud Walton Arena with a 67-64 win over the Razorbacks before 17,341 fans.
"Those kids are hurting right now," Arkansas head coach Stan Heath said. "We're all stunned. You just can not have a seven-point lead with just over two minutes left and lose it. There's no excuses for that. He made some great shots, but we gave him the chances with our turnovers."
Hill had a career-high 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks and the 7-0 junior center hit two free throws - he had been just 11 of 35 to that point - to put the Razorbacks (12-6, 1-3) up 62-55 with just over two minutes left.
Arkansas looked to be on their way to their 25th win in 26 games at home.
But Newman, a 6-9, 235-pound senior center, hit a 3-pointer to cut it to 62-58, another to get it to 64-61 and then Sundiata Gaines hit one over Hill to tie it 64-64 after Arkansas failed to get a shot off.
Arkansas had the ball with an opportunity to win the game, but Gaines stripped Arkansas point guard Gary Ervin from behind with 7.3 to give Georgia (11-5, 3-1) a chance to win it.
"It was a careless turnover," Ervin said.
The play was designed for Patrick Beverley , who hit two 3-pointers late in a nine-point night, or Charles Thomas, who had just five points on the night.
"We had a play designed for Patrick and Charles was the second option, but Gaines made a play on the ball and unfortunately we didn't get to it," Heath said. "Georgia is a good team, but there's no reason for us to lose at home."
Ervin intentionally fouled Gaines with 2.1 seconds left to keep him from getting off a shot and Newman checked back into the game at that point.
"We didn't have any timeouts and when they fouled us with two seconds left I didn't have the ability to set up another play," Georgia head coach Dennis Felton said. "We had an unconventional lineup out there and (junior college transfer) Takais Brown hasn't been with us to practice that situation.
"So I put in Steve because he at least knew the plays," Felton added. "It was still a Chinese Fire Drill."
Georgia inbounded the ball and Newman – who was supposed to screen – got the ball from around 26 feet and fired away and got nothing but net.
"I just threw it up there," Newman said of his team's fourth 3-pointer in the final two minutes. "When I let it go I thought that might have a chance.
"...For my basketball career, this is the number one moment in my life," Newman added. "I've never hit a game-winning shot at the buzzer."
He admitted to rushing the shot.
"If the opportunity was there I was glad to shoot the shot," Newman said. "I shot it quicker than I'd like because it was just two seconds. Hill probably thought I would take a couple of dribbles because I was so deep."
Arkansas' junior forward Sonny Weems couldn't believe his eyes.
"It was like a dagger in the heart," Weems said. "I thought that only happen on television - not in person."
It wasn't as if the Razorbacks didn't know he could shoot 3-pointers.
"Coach told us from day one that he is a 3-point shooter," Weems said. "I have to move out on him. Coach gave us the scouting report. Point blank - he can shoot threes. We didn't execute."
Felton was obviously pleased to get only Georgia's second win ever in Fayetteville on the strength of Newman heating up at the end while becoming only the third team in the SEC to win a road game so far along with Kentucky and Florida.
"Without a doubt he caught momentum and caught fire," Felton said. "The first two were by design. The last one was him feeling it."
Hill was 6-of-6 from the field and 3-of-4 from the free throw line during the game.
"This game was bittersweet for me," Hill said. "Getting the win at home is the most important thing there is. They hit a bunch of great shots, but we gave this game away and didn't finish like we needed to."
Ervin added 13 points, but no one else was in double figures for Arkansas.
Mike Mercer led Georgia with 15 points while Takais Brown added 14, Newman 11 and Gaines 9 points and 8 assists.
Arkansas lost despite shooting 50 percent from the field and outrebounding Georgia 33-26, but had 19 tunovers while the Bulldogs had just 10.
The Razorbacks will get back to action on Saturday when it hosts LSU at 2:45 in a game that will be televised by CBS.
LSU (13-4, 2-1) held off Ole Miss 62-55 on Wednesday on a night where Vanderbilt routed Alabama 94-73 and Auburn upset Tennessee 73-70 after visiting Kentucky had drilled South Carolina 87-49.
"Our back is against the wall, but we can't feel sorry for ourselves," Heath said. "We have to get the job done."
Georgia's Steve Newman is mobbed after his game-winning shot on Wednesday night.
A stunned Stefan Welsh looks on after the Razorbacks were shocked by Georgia.
Georgia 67, Arkansas 64
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