Eric Ferguson's running 3-pointer from 25 feet hit the backboard and then bounced off the front of the rim as time expired to allow Tulsa to escape with a 61-60 victory before 16,473 Saturday afternoon at Bud Walton Arena.
Tulsa took the lead for good two minutes into the second half when Antonio Reed's running jumper swished for a 37-36 TU advantage. The Golden Hurricane led by as many as 9 points in the second half at the 11-minute mark, but had trouble with the Hogs down the stretch.
Dionisio Gomez hit a 10-footer on the baseline to cut the deficit to 56-55 with 4:18 left, but the Hogs could never grab the lead. Alonzo Lane's layup with 41 seconds left set the final score. Tulsa ran the shot clock down to zero before giving up the ball on a missed shot. Arkansas had but three seconds left when it secured the rebound.
Ferguson led the Hogs with 14 points despite getting in early foul trouble. He picked up two fouls in the first four minutes. Gomez scored 13 with 12 rebounds. Jonathon Modica scored 12 points off the bench, and added six rebounds.
Arkansas held a 41-26 edge in rebounds, but shot just 40 percent, an even 12 of 30 in each half. Tulsa committed just 10 turnovers and shot 44.9 percent, including 5 of 16 on treys.
Kendrick Davis, the Hogs leading scorer in their first two games, scored only 5 points while hitting just 2 of 13 threes. He missed an open three in the final two minutes when the Hogs had a chance to tie the score.
Antonio Reed led Tulsa with 17 points. Dante Swanson scored 16 and Kevin Johnson added 13 for the 3-0 Golden Hurricane.
Arkansas slipped to 1-2 on the season, its first under coach Stan Heath.
The Hogs struggled to find any open space inside against the smaller Hurricane. Consequently, they rarely got to the foul line. They were 6 of 12 from the foul line while the visitors were 12 of 21 from the charity stripe.
The Hogs had a chance to put some real pressure on the Hurricane but made critical errors in the final three minutes. The first came when Michael Jones failed to box off Johnson on a missed front end of a bonus. Johnson was fouled and made one of two from the line. Kendrick Davis missed the front of a bonus with 1:41 left when a pair of makes would have cut the deficit to one point.
Tulsa 61, Arkansas 60 (Final)
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