Tigers fall short in comeback

Clemson trimmed a 16-point deficit to four in the final stages of Saturday's game at Arkansas, but the Razorbacks ultimately held on to prevail with a 74-68 victory over the Tigers at Bud Walton Arena.

BOX SCORE: Arkansas 74 Clemson 68

  Arkansas improved to 6-2 with the win, while Clemson dropped to 7-2 with the loss. Saturday's game was the start of a home-and-home series with the Razorbacks. Arkansas will come to Littlejohn Coliseum in 2014-15.

  K.J. McDaniels was the star of the game Saturday. The Tiger junior made 9-of-17 field goals and all eight of his free throws for a game-high 27 points. It was a career-high for the Birmingham, AL native, who was playing against two close friends from his hometown Saturday. He added 11 rebounds in one of the most impressive all-around games in recent memory by a Clemson player. Damarcus Harrison added 13 and Rod Hall posted 10.

  Clemson struggled to shoot the ball Saturday, making just 32.8 percent of its field goals and only 3-of-15 from three. The Tigers did a good job at the free throw line, converting 25-of-29 for an 86 percent mark. Clemson had a +15 rebound margin Saturday, including +11 on the offensive glass, yet Arkansas won the second-chance points battle 15-14. The Tigers dominated the paint, 34-12, but were outscored by 19 in terms of bench points.

  The Tigers did a great job driving early and getting to the free throw line, where they converted 7-of-8 attempts to take a 13-10 lead. But Qualls answered with eight quick points to give the Hogs a five-point lead at 11:33 remaining. The lead reached seven at 24-17 before Harrison sparked a 9-0 run that culminated with a pair of jams by McDaniels.

  Arkansas answered with back-to-back threes to regain the lead at 30-26, but an acrobatic tip-in by McDaniels brought the Tigers within a pair. The Hogs finished the half on a 10-4 run from that point on to take a 40-32 lead into the half.

  The three-point barrage continued at the outset of the second half, as the Razorbacks quickly made a pair to boost the lead to 14 points and prompt a Brad Brownell timeout. Hall scored Clemson's first six points after the break to keep the team within striking distance, but Arkansas was able to keep a relatively stable working margin most of the half.


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