Arkansas suffers first loss

Tulsa, Oklahoma – Arkansas trimmed a 15-point deficit to three with 9:55 to play but could not stop Oklahoma’s hot shooting from 3-point range as the Sooners pulled away late for an 88-66 victory at the BOK Center.

By Mike Cawood

The #10/12 Razorbacks suffered their first loss of the season (9-1) while Oklahoma improves to 8-2.

Arkansas made five straight free throws to make the score 57-54 midway through the second half. The teams went back-and-forth over the next minute and the Sooners led by four (61-57) with 8:57 left off a Davonte Davis jumper. Oklahoma then went on an 11-0 run, thanks to three consecutive 3-pointers and never looked back.

Oklahoma finished the game making 13-of-22 (.591) from long range and had 18 assists on its 28 made baskets.

Davis led all scorers with a career-high 26 points, making a career-high four 3-pointers. In fact, Davis entered the game with just six career triples made (two last season and four this season).

The Sooners won the battle on the boards, 36-29, and had all five starters score in double figures. Elijah Harkless led the way with a double-double (22 points and 11 rebounds).

Arkansas returns to action next Saturday (Dec. 18) for its annual trip to North Little Rock’s Simmons Bank Arena. The Razorback will face Hofstra at 7 pm and the game will not be televised nor streamed.

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