Arkansas basketball drops heartbreaker at Baylor in SEC-Big 12 Challenge
Arkansas basketball remains winless in true road games this season after a 67-64 loss at No. 17 Baylor on Saturday. The Razorbacks and Bears were tied with 4:51 to play, but Arkansas couldn't finish.
Baylor (16-5) went on a 10-0 run over more than three minutes to build a small lead, and the Razorbacks (14-7) couldn't quite close the gap. Arkansas was down three points with two seconds remaining. The Razorbacks got the rebound after Davonte Davis missed a free throw, but Joseph Pinion's buzzer-beating 3-pointer was offline.
It was Arkansas' fourth loss in a one-possession game this season.
Ricky Council IV had 25 points for the Razorbacks, his best game since he had 24 in Arkansas' loss to Vanderbilt on Jan. 14.
"The one thing that you always want from your basketball team is to play as hard as they possibly can," Arkansas coach Eric Musselman said. "I feel for the locker room. They’re giving it all they have."
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Defense does all it can
Arkansas needed an excellent defensive performance against a team that ranks No. 2 in adjusted offensive efficiency. The Razorbacks delivered, holding Baylor to its worst field goal percentage of the season (34%).
The Razorbacks did a particularly good job on Adam Flagler, the Bears' second-leading scorer. Flagler, who averages 16 points per game, was scoreless in the first half. He finished 1-for-11 from the field with five points.
Turnovers, foul trouble strike again
Arkansas had 15 turnovers resulting in 13 Baylor points. On the flip side, Baylor gave up eight turnovers for eight Razorback points.
Arkansas had another foul-heavy game, particularly in the second half. The Razorbacks were whistled for five fouls in less than one minute in the early part of the half, and they finished with 24 total fouls to Baylor's 19. The Bears scored 21 of their 67 on free throws.
"How much does it change when someone’s in the bonus that shoots fouls as good as (Baylor)?" Musselman said. "It drastically changes the game."
Two Razorback starters on the bench with four fouls about five minutes into the second half: Jordan Walsh, who picked up two fouls in the span of a few seconds, and Makhi Mitchell.
Walsh had four points, one rebound two blocks in his 19 minutes on the floor before fouling out in the final minute. Mitchell had four points, four rebounds and a block before fouling out with 4:51 to play.
Arkansas returns home to host Texas A&M on Tuesday (6 p.m. CT, ESPN2).
Christina Long covers the Arkansas Razorbacks for the Southwest Times Record and USA Today Network. You can follow her on Twitter @christinalong00 or email her at email@example.com.
This article originally appeared on Fort Smith Times Record: Arkansas basketball drops close game at Baylor in SEC-Big 12 Challenge