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
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
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