Isaiah Joe scored 26 of his game-high 34 points after halftime Saturday as Arkansas rallied in the second half to stop Mississippi 76-72 in Oxford, Miss.
Mason Jones added 13 points, nine assists and six rebounds for the Razorbacks (13-2, 2-1 SEC), which trailed by 11 points inside the first five minutes of the second half. Jimmy Whitt finished with 11 points, including two free throws with eight seconds left to wrap up the game.
Four players finished in double figures for the Rebels (9-6, 0-2), led by Breein Tyree’s 27 points. Blake Hinson added 13, while KJ Buffen contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out. Devontae Shuler also finished with a double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing 11 boards.
Both teams were excellent at the foul line. Ole Miss was 25 of 26 and Arkansas made all 14 of its free throws after halftime. That included two by Joe with 17 seconds left after he stole the ball, giving the Razorbacks a 74-70 lead.
Arkansas was outrebounded 40-28, but made up for it with 3-point shooting and points off turnovers. It outscored the Rebels 24-9 from behind the arc and converted 16 turnovers into 21 points.
Arkansas landed the first punch, establishing a 10-2 lead when Joe drained a 3-pointer just 3:44 into the game. The Razorbacks still owned a 20-13 advantage with 8:58 remaining in the first half, courtesy of a 3-ball by Jones.
At that point, Ole Miss got things going on both ends of the floor. It went on a 9-1 burst, taking its first lead since the game’s first minute when Shuler sank two foul shots to make it 22-21 with 6:01 left.
The Rebels shut down Arkansas over the final 3:25 of the half, not allowing a point. In that stretch, they scored the last seven points, including a Tyree dunk that capped his 12-point half and enabled them to go to the locker room with a 33-27 margin.
—Field Level Media
—Field Level Media