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Arkansas ends 3-game skid, clips Missouri 65-63

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Daniel Gafford and Dustin Thomas bent over in frustration as the basketball rolled out of bounds under the Missouri basket.

The Arkansas post players each went up uncontested to rebound a missed free throw and neither ended up with the ball with the Razorbacks trailing 57-53. To punctuate the turnover, Missouri's Kassius Robertson drained a mid-range jumper to give the Tigers a 59-53 lead and seemingly all the momentum with 4:43 left.

Arkansas, losers of three straight SEC games since jumping into the AP Top 25, appeared headed to its first four-game losing streak in Coach Mike Anderson's seven seasons.

Gafford had different ideas.

The Arkansas freshman scored seven of Arkansas' final 12 points including a monster two-handed dunk with 57 seconds left to help the Razorbacks knock off Missouri 65-63 in front of 18,297 in Bud Walton Arena on Saturday.

Both of Gafford's late-game dunks came off pick-and-roll assists from Daryl Macon, who had eight for the game coming off the bench.

''I've been doing pick and roll all my life pretty much,'' said Gafford, who led the Razorbacks with 15 points. ''That's basically what my high school team was based off of.

''Daryl's a good passer. He tells me before every game if I'm open, he's going to find me.''

Said Macon: ''And I tell him if he doesn't shoot it, we're going to have a problem.''

A problem was exactly what Arkansas (12-5, 2-3 SEC) was facing after seeing an 18-point first half lead evaporate. Missouri (12-5, 2-2) shot the lights out in the second half after a struggling against a swarming Arkansas defense early.

The Tigers hit 11 3-pointers for the game, with Robertson accounting for six from deep. Robertson, who led Missouri with a game-high 26 points, hit a 3-pointer with 7:24 left to pull the Tigers within 53-52, then continued to find the range with another 3-pointer and a mid-range jumper.

Arkansas did not help its cause with missed opportunities at the free-throw line. The Razorbacks were just 14-of-25 for the game.

''If you'd told me we'd be 14 of 25 free throws and give up 11 threes, I'd ask how did we win this game?'' Anderson asked. ''But we did it with defense and energy. In the last two minutes our defense rose to the occasion.''

Arkansas also forced two huge Missouri fouls on screens that resulted in turnovers late. On back-to-back possessions, Macon and Anton Beard stepped in to take hard fouls with the Tigers attempting to screen to get their guards open.

''Those were big,'' said Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin. ''We can't let that happen in those situations.''

Macon said the Razorbacks did not panic when the lead changed hands.

''I was surprised when we lost the lead, because I wasn't even paying attention to the score,'' he said. ''I was like into the game. Then I look up and the lead changed. We just had to get back into it mentally and get a W.''

BIG PICTURE

Missouri: The Tigers fell into a deep hole to start the game, and although they rallied to take the lead in the fourth quarter, in the final five-plus minutes the Tigers were clearly fatigued.

Arkansas: The Razorbacks had struggled defensively before Saturday's win, giving up more than 75 points in four straight games. Arkansas held Missouri to 42 percent shooting from the floor.

TURNING POINT

Freshman Darious Hall got his first start for Arkansas, and Anderson said his energy in the first half helped the Razorbacks get off to a quick start. The 6-foot-6 forward scored 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting and had 5 rebounds.

HIGHLIGHT REEL

Robertson was huge for Missouri offensively. The 6-3 guard was 9-of-15 from the floor with 8 rebounds and 3 steals.

UP NEXT

Missouri will host Tennessee on Wednesday before playing three of its next four SEC games on the road starting with a game at Texas A&M next Saturday.

Arkansas hits the road Wednesday at Florida. The Razorbacks are 2-4 on the road this season with SEC losses to Auburn and Mississippi State.

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Key Players
J. Barnett
21 F
J. Barford
0 G
30.9 Min. Per Game 30.9
18.8 Pts. Per Game 18.8
3.4 Ast. Per Game 3.4
4.2 Reb. Per Game 4.2
48.3 Field Goal % 49.8
41.6 Three Point % 41.2
92.3 Free Throw % 67.6
  Defensive rebound by Daniel Gafford 1.0
  Jordan Geist missed 3-pt. jump shot 3.0
  Defensive rebound by Missouri 14.0
  Daryl Macon missed 3-pt. jump shot 16.0
  Defensive rebound by Daryl Macon 43.0
  Jordan Barnett missed 3-pt. jump shot 45.0
  Defensive rebound by Kassius Robertson 57.0
  Daniel Gafford missed free throw 57.0
  Shooting foul on Jeremiah Tilmon 57.0
+ 2 Daniel Gafford made alley-oop shot, assist by Daryl Macon 59.0
  Turnover on Jeremiah Tilmon 1:13
Team Stats
Points 63 65
Field Goals 21-50 (42.0%) 23-50 (46.0%)
3-Pointers 11-29 (37.9%) 5-15 (33.3%)
Free Throws 10-14 (71.4%) 14-25 (56.0%)
Total Rebounds 33 33
Offensive 8 10
Defensive 20 20
Team 5 3
Assists 13 13
Steals 5 7
Blocks 1 1
Turnovers 16 13
Fouls 22 20
Technicals 0 0
26 PTS, 8 REB, 1 AST
15 PTS, 6 REB
12T
away team logo Missouri 12-5 283563
home team logo Arkansas 12-5 353065
Team Stats
away team logo Missouri 12-5 73.9 PPG 40.6 RPG 14.0 APG
home team logo Arkansas 12-5 82.4 PPG 37.9 RPG 14.9 APG
Key Players
3
K. Robertson G 16.5 PPG 2.9 RPG 2.5 APG 42.5 FG%
10
D. Gafford F 11.6 PPG 6.1 RPG 0.7 APG 61.5 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Robertson G 26 PTS 8 REB 1 AST
D. Gafford F 15 PTS 6 REB 0 AST
42.0 FG% 46.0
37.9 3PT FG% 33.3
71.4 FT% 56.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
K. Robertson 39 26 8 1 3 0 2 1 9/15 6/11 2/2 1 7
J. Barnett 33 12 10 3 0 0 2 2 5/11 2/6 0/0 3 7
J. Geist 31 7 1 3 1 0 2 0 3/7 1/4 0/0 0 1
J. Porter 24 5 3 2 1 1 3 5 1/4 1/3 2/4 1 2
J. Tilmon 18 4 4 0 0 0 3 5 2/6 0/0 0/2 2 2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
K. Robertson 39 26 8 1 3 0 2 1 9/15 6/11 2/2 1 7
J. Barnett 33 12 10 3 0 0 2 2 5/11 2/6 0/0 3 7
J. Geist 31 7 1 3 1 0 2 0 3/7 1/4 0/0 0 1
J. Porter 24 5 3 2 1 1 3 5 1/4 1/3 2/4 1 2
J. Tilmon 18 4 4 0 0 0 3 5 2/6 0/0 0/2 2 2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
K. Puryear 19 6 1 0 0 0 2 3 0/2 0/0 6/6 0 1
C. VanLeer 14 3 0 1 0 0 1 2 1/4 1/4 0/0 0 0
T. Phillips 15 0 0 3 0 0 1 4 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0
R. Nikko 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 0
A. Wolf - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Rau - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Harris - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 63 28 13 5 1 16 22 21/50 11/29 10/14 8 20
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Gafford 25 15 6 0 0 1 1 3 6/11 0/0 3/4 4 2
J. Barford 31 13 4 0 0 0 6 2 5/11 2/5 1/2 3 1
A. Beard 31 11 2 1 0 0 2 3 4/9 2/5 1/2 0 2
D. Hall 21 10 5 1 2 0 0 0 4/4 0/0 2/4 1 4
D. Thomas 20 5 3 0 2 0 0 4 1/2 0/1 3/6 1 2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Gafford 25 15 6 0 0 1 1 3 6/11 0/0 3/4 4 2
J. Barford 31 13 4 0 0 0 6 2 5/11 2/5 1/2 3 1
A. Beard 31 11 2 1 0 0 2 3 4/9 2/5 1/2 0 2
D. Hall 21 10 5 1 2 0 0 0 4/4 0/0 2/4 1 4
D. Thomas 20 5 3 0 2 0 0 4 1/2 0/1 3/6 1 2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Macon 26 8 6 8 1 0 3 4 2/7 1/4 3/5 0 6
T. Thompson 17 3 2 2 1 0 1 2 1/2 0/0 1/2 1 1
A. Bailey 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1
A. Cook 13 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1
C. Jones 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/3 0/0 0/0 0 0
J. Holmes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Garland - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Osabuohien - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Plummer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 65 30 13 7 1 13 20 23/50 5/15 14/25 10 20