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Arkansas Holds Off Frantic Texas A&M Rally

Arkansas exploded for 49 first half points but had to survive frantic second half for 12th SEC win
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FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – On a night that the University of Arkansas honored former head coach Nolan Richardson, it looked like his teams of the mid 1990s on the floor during the first half against Texas A&M.

The second half did not.

Despite leading by as much as 25 points, Arkansas was able to hold off a second half rally attempt by the Aggies and pulled out an 81-75 win at Bud Walton Arena.

Bobby Portis led the way for Arkansas with 22 points while Anthlon Bell added 14. Bell’s 14 points all came in the first half. Alandise Harris and Rashad Madden each finished with 11 points.

Arkansas led 49-26 at halftime and the crowd exploded during the first 20 minutes as well as during intermission when Richardson was honored with a banner wielding his name but the final 20 minutes was anything but pleasing for Razorbacks’ fans.

The Aggies pounded Arkansas on the glass, winning the edge 44-23, and pulled within two points in the final 90 seconds before the Razorbacks put the game away at the foul line.

Texas A&M committed 16 first half turnovers but a much cleaner second half helped lead the comeback effort as the Aggies had just four turnovers after intermission. Danuel House led the way for Texas A&M with 28 points. The Aggies finished with 21 turnovers in the game.