Arkansas 66, Missouri State 62 (Final)
Well, Arkansas won but that wasn't the least of the excitement at Bud Walton Arena tonight (see below).
Clarke's 3-pointer with 18.4 seconds remaining gave the Hogs a 64-62 lead. He then secured a rebound and hit two free throws with 1.7 seconds left to give the Razorbacks a 66-62 win and hand the Bears their first loss of the season.
Clarke finished with a team-high 19 points, 12 of which came in the final 6:39 of regulation and overtime. John Pelphrey said it was the most clutch he has played in his two years at the school.
After the game the fire alarms began to sound during John Pelphrey's postgame press conference. The arena was evacuated and the Arkansas head coach did the program's first outdoor press conference since Dana Altman decided to head back to Creighton a few years ago. That, of course, opened the door for Pelphrey to become the head coach.
Arkansas is now 7-5 on the season and has won five straight games after losing four straight. The Hogs are also 2-0 in overtime games and have undoubtedly played their best ball of the season over the last two games - both close wins.
The Razorbacks return to the court on Dec. 30 with a game against Baylor in North Little Rock.
Arkansas 59, Missouri State 59 (End Regulation)
Caleb Patterson's uncontested lay-up as time expired has sent the game to overtime. Clarke hit what looked to be the game-winner with 4.7 seconds left.
On the last possession Marcus Britt fell down on a crossover, Glenn Bryant picked up his man and left the backside wide open.
Arkansas 54, Missouri State 51 (2:32 second half)
The Bears used a 12-1 run to tie the game at 47-47 but Stef Welsh scored four straight to put the Hogs up 51-47.
It has been back-and-forth since, but Mike Washington just fouled out with a charge heading into the timeout. The technical foul proved costly in the first half. He finished with seven points and five rebounds.
A Britt triple was huge to put the Hogs up five but Weems' dunk on the other end cut the lead back to its current margin.
Weems has scored 18 points for the Bears and Powell still has 17 for Arkansas.
Arkansas 47, Missouri State 43 (7:08 second half)
Powell has scored 17 points and the Hogs hold a narrow lead. Glenn Bryant has added five points and 10 rebounds for the Razorbacks.
Arkansas led by as many as 11 points but back-to-back 3-pointers cut the lead back to 46-41. It is still a very chippy game. Sometimes the officiating is tight and sometimes there are some questionable no-calls. Wouldn't be surprised to some tempers flare at some point.
Arkansas 36, Missouri State 32 (14:23 second half)
I apologize for the lull in posts as I've had some computer difficulties.
The Hogs finished the first half on a 10-2 run and led 29-27 at the break. Arkansas led by as many as seven here in the second half.
Glenn Bryant has been the bright spot for Arkansas with five points, seven rebounds and a blocked shot in the first half.
Missouri State 25, Arkansas 21 (3:04 first half)
I'm not sure if I've ever seen two teams called for illegal use of elbows in as many possessions before tonight, but that was the case in a very chippy game. We won't name any names but there are a couple of culprits from each team drawing the ire of fans and the officials' whistles.
The officials certainly need to get ahold of this game before it gets out of control.
Missouri State 21, Arkansas 16 (7:00 first half)
The Bears used a 14-0 run to take a seven-point lead before Glenn Bryant's basket and foul took us to the latest media timeout.
Mike Washington was one of the recipients of a double technical foul at the 8:38 mark which also served as his second personal foul. He's likely out for the rest of the half.
Turnovers and second chances have led the Hogs to this point. Arkansas has seven turnovers and has been out-rebounded 16-11. The Bears have nine more shots to this point than the Razorbacks.
Arkansas 14, Missouri State 13 (11:46 first half)
The Hogs used an 11-2 run to build an early lead but the Bears have used a 6-0 run to trip the lead to a point.
Marshawn Powell is playing very aggressive with six points and three rebounds. Rotnei Clarke has added five points for the Razorbacks.
All-conference forward Kyle Weems has six pionts for the Bears.
You'll read in the box score that tonight is the largest crowd of the season. You probably won't read about one-third or more is from up north. The Bears' fans are letting themselves be heard.
Arkansas is not only looking to hand Missouri State its first loss of the season, but also to exact some revenge from a 62-57 loss in Springfield last November. The Hogs are also looking to extend a four-game winning streak.
There is a huge Missouri State contingent on-hand tonight. In fact, the Bears ovation when they entered the arena was more noticeable than most opponents. Their fans aren't limited to just behind the opposing bench, but also have a large group behind the Razorback band. It's reminiscent of when Tulsa came to Fayetteville in football in 2008.
The game is being televised on the Razorback Sports Network.
Arkansas 66, Missouri State 62 (Overtime)
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