Tennessee 77, Arkansas 58

Jordan McRae came off the bench to score 14 points as Tennessee

beat Arkansas 77-58 on Wednesday night.

Trae Golden scored 13 points, Jeronne Maymon and Skylar McBee

each had 12 points, Cameron Tatum added 11 points and Jarnell

Stokes had 10 as the Volunteers shot 56 percent (28 of 50) while

holding the Razorbacks to 42.9 percent shooting (24 of 56).

Tennessee (14-12, 6-5 Southeastern Conference) hit nine of its

first 10 shots and went on a 19-0 run early. The Vols, who have won

10 of their last 11 at home, led by as many as 24 points in the

first half and held a 47-30 halftime lead.

Arkansas (17-9, 5-6) used a 7-0 run immediately before halftime

and another shortly after the break to pull within 14 points.

Brandon Mitchell hit a layup for the Razorbacks with 8:22 to play

that cut Tennessee’s lead to 60-50, but it was as close as the Hogs

would get.

BJ Young scored 18 points, and Hunter Mickelson scored 12 for

Arkansas, which hasn’t won a road game this season.

With Arkansas leading 6-4, Tatum hit a jumper that launched

Tennessee’s 19-0 run. Tatum, who has struggled through a shooting

slump lately and didn’t even attempt a shot in the Vols’ 75-70 win

at Florida on Saturday, followed that basket with a 3-pointer.

McRae sank a 3 of his own to put the Vols up 21-6 with 13:55

until halftime, and Tennessee finished the half 7 of 10 from the

perimeter against the SEC’s second-toughest 3-point defense.

Arkansas limits its opponents to 29.3 percent shooting from the

arc.

The Razorbacks, who lead the SEC with a plus-4.1 turnover

margin, turned the ball over four times and missed two shots during

their 4:23 scoreless stretch. The Hogs finished with 18 turnovers,

leading to 26 points for the Vols.

The Vols’ own sloppiness with the ball allowed Arkansas to go on

a few short runs and threaten Tennessee’s lead. The Vols finished

with 14 turnovers of their own.

Arkansas and Tennessee entered the game in a three-way tie with

Mississippi for fifth place in the SEC. With the win, the Vols

moved into a tie with Mississippi State for fourth while the Hogs

dropped to a three-way tie for sixth.

Before the game, Tennessee announced that coach Cuonzo Martin

had suspended Kenny Hall indefinitely for conduct detrimental to

the team. Hall, who averages 6.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and a block,

hadn’t missed a game this season and started 16 of them, including

the last two.

Jarnell Stokes returned to the starting lineup in Hall’s place.

Stokes sat out against South Carolina on Feb. 8 and came off the

bench against Florida on Saturday after suffering a minor injury to

his wrist.