Junior guard Mason Jones put Arkansas ahead with back-to-back 3-pointers with less than three minutes remaining and the Razorbacks held on for a 71-64 win over Indiana at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., on Sunday.
Jones put Arkansas up 64-62 with 2:44 remaining, then, off an Indiana miss, sank a 3-pointer to extend the Razorbacks’ lead to 67-62 with 2:01 left.
Sophomore guard Isaiah Joe led Arkansas (11-1) with 24 points. Jones overcame first-half foul trouble to score 15 of his 21 points in the second half.
Trayce Jackson-Davis led Indiana (11-2) with 20 points, with senior guard Devonte Green adding 14 points and three assists. The Hoosiers suffered their first home loss of the season.
Arkansas won the game at the 3-point line. The Razorbacks shot 38.7 percent (12 of 31) from 3-point range, while Indiana shot 23.8 percent (5 of 21).
Jackson-Davis scored 16 points in the first half, helping the Hoosiers jump to a 38-33 halftime lead. The game remained tight early through a first half that included four ties and 11 lead changes. With the score tied at 22, Indiana put together a 7-0 run that included a dunk from Joey Brunk and a dunk and three-point play from Jackson-Davis.
But Arkansas rallied back, cutting Indiana’s lead to 29-27 on a 3-pointer from Joe.
After a putback from Arkansas sophomore forward Reggie Chaney cut Indiana’s lead to 35-33, the Hoosiers answered with a 3-pointer from sophomore point guard Rob Phinisee with 22.7 seconds left in the first half, putting the Hoosiers up 38-35 at halftime.
Indiana played without freshman forward Jerome Hunter, who sat out the game with a thigh bruise. The Hoosiers also lost starting guard Al Durham in the first half after Durham was ejected on a flagrant 2 foul for throwing an elbow against Arkansas forward Adrio Bailey.
Jones (19.6 ppg entering the game) was limited to just 12 minutes in the first half after picking up two first-half fouls.
—Field Level Media