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Arkansas holds off Seton Hall 77-71 in NCAA South Region

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) Arkansas did just enough in the final minute to push its way through the NCAA Tournament's first round - aided by a couple of eye-catching calls and noncalls by the officiating crew, too.

Jaylen Barford hit the go-ahead layup with 57.8 seconds left to help Arkansas hold off Seton Hall 77-71 on Friday in the first round of the South Region.

Barford had 12 of his 20 points after halftime for the eighth-seeded Razorbacks (26-9), who erased an 8-point second-half hole and scored the final 7 points of the game to earn the program's third straight opening-game NCAA win.

''Coach (Mike Anderson) told us to keep chipping away,'' said Dusty Hannahs, who scored 14. ''He knows we don't lose our head. We've been down a lot this year.''

Barford's layup off Khadeen Carrington's turnover at the other end pushed Arkansas ahead for good. Then came a critical sequence, which started with Carrington's travel while being harassed by a double team near midcourt with 24.6 seconds left.

Hannahs threw the ball to Daryl Macon near the Seton Hall bench. As defenders converged, Macon stutter-stepped past them in an apparent travel that went uncalled.

Instead, Macon threw the ball to Barford, who was knocked to the floor on a foul by Desi Rodriguez as Rodriguez tried to stop the clock with 18.3 seconds left. Officials reviewed the play - which showed Rodriguez's hands touching only Barford's left shoulder and back, while his left foot clipped Barford's in an accidental trip - and changed it to a flagrant foul.

''I thought it was no play on the ball. That's as simple as that,'' Anderson said, adding: ''It just came at a bad time, probably the right time for us.''

Barford hit both free throws, then Macon added another to make it a 75-71 game.

Carrington missed a 3 at the other end in what amounted to the last gasp for the ninth-seeded Pirates (21-12).

''I think I made a basketball play,'' Rodriguez said. ''I didn't foul intentionally to hurt anyone. The officials called it another way, and that's that.''

BIG PICTURE

Seton Hall: The Pirates had a 17-5 run to take a 64-56 lead with 8:41 left, but their mistakes down the stretch hurt. They had nine of their 15 turnovers after halftime to deny their pursuit of a first tournament win since 2004.

Seton Hall had reached consecutive NCAA Tournaments for the first time since going to four straight from 1991-94.

''Got a lot of turnovers the last 6 minutes, but that's how the game ends,'' said Angel Delgado, the nation's leading rebounder who finished with 12 points and 13 boards. ''We've just got to take care of the ball more.''

Arkansas: The Razorbacks survived being soundly beaten on the boards (46-32) but they did just enough to speed the Pirates up and get the game closer to their preferred pace. They also made 18 of 23 free throws to help prolong their late-season surge.

''It's not something I marvel at,'' Anderson said of winning despite the rebounding trouble, ''but we've done it before. We've got to get better at it.''

MORE ON THE FLAGRANT FOUL

J.D. Collins, the NCAA's national coordinator of men's basketball officiating, said site referees made the correct call on Rodriguez's flagrant foul.

''When a player puts two hands on the back and doesn't make any attempt to play the ball or ... get in front of him, it's an F-1 foul,'' Collins said.

TIP-INS

Seton Hall: Carrington finished with 22 points with three 3-pointers. ... Seton Hall finished with 21 offensive boards and a 14-4 edge in second-chance points. ... The Pirates shot just 38 percent.

Arkansas: Moses Kingsley scored 23 points on 10-for-13 shooting. ... Macon finished with seven points, but added two free throws with 9.7 seconds left to seal it. ... Dustin Thomas had 13 points. ... Arkansas shot 47 percent and scored 16 points off turnovers.

UP NEXT

Arkansas advanced to Sunday's second round to face North Carolina.

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This story has been corrected to reflect that Desi Rodriguez, not Khadeen Carrington, said the quote that ends: ''I didn't foul intentionally to hurt anyone. The officials called it another way, and that's that.''

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Daryl Macon 3.0
  Khadeen Carrington missed layup, blocked by Moses Kingsley 5.0
+ 1 Daryl Macon made 2nd of 2 free throws 10.0
+ 1 Daryl Macon made 1st of 2 free throws 10.0
  Personal foul on Angel Delgado 10.0
  Defensive rebound by Manuale Watkins 11.0
  Khadeen Carrington missed 3-pt. jump shot 13.0
+ 1 Daryl Macon made 2nd of 2 free throws 18.0
  Daryl Macon missed 1st of 2 free throws 18.0
  Personal foul on Madison Jones 18.0
+ 1 Jaylen Barford made 2nd of 2 free throws 18.0
Points 71 77
Field Goals 26-69 (37.7%) 28-59 (47.5%)
3-Pointers 6-17 (35.3%) 3-7 (42.9%)
Free Throws 13-21 (61.9%) 18-23 (78.3%)
Total Rebounds 46 32
Offensive 19 6
Defensive 24 23
Team 3 3
Assists 10 13
Steals 6 12
Blocks 4 7
Turnovers 15 9
Fouls 19 20
Technicals 0 0
0
K. Carrington G
22 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST
33
M. Kingsley F
23 PTS, 6 REB, 2 AST
12T
9 Seton Hall 21-12 373471
8 Arkansas 26-9374077
Team Stats
Seton Hall 21-12 73.2 PPG 42.8 RPG 12.2 APG
Arkansas 26-9 79.3 PPG 39.1 RPG 13.9 APG
Key Players
0
K. Carrington G 17.1 PPG 3.1 RPG 2.9 APG 42.4 FG%
33
M. Kingsley F 12.0 PPG 7.7 RPG 1.4 APG 46.7 FG%
Top Scorers
0
K. Carrington G 22 PTS 4 REB 2 AST
33
M. Kingsley F 23 PTS 6 REB 2 AST
37.7 FG% 47.5
35.3 3PT FG% 42.9
61.9 FT% 78.3
Seton Hall
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
K. Carrington 36 22 4 2 1 0 4 1 8/17 3/6 3/5 1 3
A. Delgado 31 12 13 2 1 1 5 5 4/11 0/0 4/5 8 5
M. Jones 36 11 4 1 2 0 3 2 4/8 0/1 3/4 1 3
D. Rodriguez 36 10 7 2 0 2 2 3 4/17 1/5 1/5 2 5
M. Nzei 20 6 9 1 0 1 1 3 2/5 0/0 2/2 6 3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
K. Carrington 36 22 4 2 1 0 4 1 8/17 3/6 3/5 1 3
A. Delgado 31 12 13 2 1 1 5 5 4/11 0/0 4/5 8 5
M. Jones 36 11 4 1 2 0 3 2 4/8 0/1 3/4 1 3
D. Rodriguez 36 10 7 2 0 2 2 3 4/17 1/5 1/5 2 5
M. Nzei 20 6 9 1 0 1 1 3 2/5 0/0 2/2 6 3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
M. Powell 24 10 2 2 2 0 0 2 4/9 2/5 0/0 0 2
R. Anthony 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1
I. Sanogo 15 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 2
D. Soffer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Dowdy Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Gordon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Arkansas
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
M. Kingsley 33 23 6 2 1 4 2 3 10/13 1/1 2/2 1 5
J. Barford 30 20 7 1 4 0 2 2 8/17 0/1 4/5 2 5
D. Hannahs 29 14 2 3 1 1 3 2 3/8 2/3 6/6 0 2
D. Thomas 31 13 5 2 1 1 1 3 6/9 0/0 1/2 2 3
M. Watkins 19 0 1 2 1 0 0 4 0/3 0/1 0/0 0 1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
M. Kingsley 33 23 6 2 1 4 2 3 10/13 1/1 2/2 1 5
J. Barford 30 20 7 1 4 0 2 2 8/17 0/1 4/5 2 5
D. Hannahs 29 14 2 3 1 1 3 2 3/8 2/3 6/6 0 2
D. Thomas 31 13 5 2 1 1 1 3 6/9 0/0 1/2 2 3
M. Watkins 19 0 1 2 1 0 0 4 0/3 0/1 0/0 0 1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Macon 27 7 5 1 2 0 0 0 1/7 0/1 5/8 1 4
A. Beard 14 0 1 2 2 1 1 3 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1
T. Thompson 11 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 2
A. Cook 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0
A. Bailey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Glasper - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Hazen - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Holmes - - - - - - - - - - - - -