FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Ronnie Brewer scored 23 points
Saturday for Arkansas, but it was the late-game scoring of Charles
Thomas and Eric Ferguson that helped the Razorbacks to a 70-68
victory over Tennessee.
A pair of free throws by Arkansas' Olu Famutimi with 4:38 to
play tied the game at 64-64. After a miss by Lofton, Ferguson hit a
3-pointer for a 67-64 lead for Arkansas (18-9, 6-8).
Watson moved Tennessee within a point at the 3:19 mark, 67-66,
but Thomas responded with a basket 20 seconds later to extend the
Razorbacks' lead to 69-66.
Lofton, who finished with 30 points, moved left to right in the
lane and missed a shot with 2:17 to play, but Brandon Crump was
able to draw the Volunteers within a point again. He twirled under
the basket against a double-team, briefly lost the ball, then put
it in to cut to 69-68 with 59 seconds to play.
Tennessee fouled with 23 seconds left, and Dontell Jefferson
made one of two free throws for the final measure.
Brewer again put up the biggest numbers for the Razorbacks. He
pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds, had two steals and contributed
six assists. Famutimi scored 14 and Thomas had nine for Arkansas.
Lofton was 7-of-14 from 3-point range for the game, though late
in the contest he tried to work the ball more inside. Andre
Patterson and Crump each scored 11 for the Vols, and Patterson led
the team with eight rebounds.
Arkansas turned the ball over 14 times to nine for the Vols, but
Arkansas had the rebounding advantage 38-32.
A 3-pointer by Jonathon Modica with 3:55 to play in the first
half gave Arkansas the lead, 30-29, after the Vols had controlled
the tempo for a time. Tennessee grabbed the lead back at 32-30 with
3:10 to go on a 3-pointer by Lofton.
Brewer showed Lofton wasn't the only player able to hit from
long range and answered with an open 3 with 2:40 left for a 33-32
Arkansas advantage. Brewer finished the half 3-of-5 from 3-point
As the half wound down, Patterson missed two free throws at the
Tennessee end. A scramble for the ball in front of the Tennessee
bench led to a foul that sent Brewer to the line with 38 seconds
left. He hit both ends of the one-and-one, giving Arkansas the
37-32 lead it took into the locker room. Brewer finished the half
with 16 points and eight rebounds.
Lofton made 4-of-8 from 3-point range in the first period and
led the Vols with 14 points.
Tennessee played without Scooter McFadgon, a senior guard
averaging 14.1 points per game.