FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – South Carolina entered Wednesday’s game at Arkansas as the second most penalized team in college basketball but the whistles were going both ways inside Bud Walton Arena.
The two teams combined for 57 personal fouls and attempted 73 free throws but it was the Gamecocks who stole the win as the edged Arkansas with a 79-77 win.
Arkansas had a chance to win the game on the final possession but Isaiah Joe’s 3-pointer from the corner was off the mark. The loss was the third straight in SEC play by Arkansas.
The contest just had no flow to it, especially in the second half as there seemed to be a whistle on every possession, on both sides of the game. Arkansas went 26-of-40 from the foul line and 18-of-25 the second half while being called for 17 fouls in the final 20 minutes. South Carolina went just 13-of-24 from the charity stripe in the second half but made enough to secure the win.
Mason Jones led Arkansas with 34 points, 26 of which came in the second half, while he went 15-of-16 from the foul line. Isaiah Joe, who returned after missing the TCU game, added 16 points coming off the bench for the Razorbacks but the rest of the roster scored just 27 points on 8-of-23 shooting.
Arkansas will try to snap their three game SEC losing streak on Saturday as they travel to Alabama.