FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM)- It was Senior Day and the last regular game of the season for Arkansas at Bud Walton Arena. The Hogs were looking for their fifth straight win, but instead South Carolina snapped their win streak beating them 76-61 Saturday.
South Carolina came to Bud Walton looking to end their season on a high note, they had suffered from back-to-back losses. The Gamecocks were even missing their leading scorer, Michael Carrera, who was out due to a hip injury. But, that didn’t stop the Gamecocks as they held on strong with an early lead.
In the first half the game was tied 14-14 just under the 12 minute mark, but South Carolina went on a 15-2 run over the next five minutes to take a commanding 13-point lead.
Coming out of halftime the Gamecocks took an even more commanding lead, with the score deficit reaching a 27 point difference with 15 minutes left in the second half. Even with the Hogs late rally back to close the major score gap they were unable to undo the mistake they made in the first half.
Arkansas’s first half field goal percentage was low at 26.9% (7-26) and they were almost non-existent at the three point range making two out of 11 attempts (18.2%).
Even with the loss most of the Hogs starters finished with double digits. Dusty Hannahs and Athlon Bell lead the Hogs with 16 points each. Moses Kingsley was just three behind them with 13 points total. Jabril Durham lead in assists with, 11.
“It was just a whole bunch of mental mistakes we made early and in the second half,” said Arkansas guard Jabril Durham. “Which really put us behind, but you know we started playing better towards the 13, 12 minute mark and we got a little run but we ran out of gas at the end and you could tell we just got tired. As long as we take those last 12 minutes of the game into the SEC tournament we will be fine.”
The Razorbacks will face Florida in the 2016 SEC tournament in Nashville, Tennessee.