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NCAA Game Summary - Arkansas at Kentucky



(Thursday, February 27th)

Final Score: Arkansas 71, (17) Kentucky 67 (OT)

Lexington, KY (SportsNetwork.com) - The resurgent Arkansas Razorbacks posted a signature road win, topping 17th-ranked Kentucky in overtime for the second time this season, 71-67.

The victory ended a nine-game losing skid at Rupp Arena for the Razorbacks (19-9, 8-7 SEC), who topped the Wildcats last month on Michael Qualls' putback dunk with 0.2 seconds remaining in the extra session.

Qualls paced the Razorbacks with 14 points on Thursday. Rashad Madden netted 12, Coty Clarke had 11 and Anthlon Bell added 10 to round out Arkansas' double-digit scorers.

The Razorbacks have won four straight and six of their last seven games.

Willie Cauley-Stein totaled 16 points and tied a career high with 13 rebounds for the Wildcats (21-7, 11-4), who played in their second consecutive overtime game after edging LSU last Saturday.

"We took a big step back. Great lesson. Had our chances to win. They made offensive rebounds. They miss a shot, the ball comes, we got no one. It was frustrating," said Kentucky head coach John Calipari.

Julius Randle and Andrew Harrison both finished with 14 points for a Kentucky team that struggled shooting. They were just 26-of-76 (34.2 percent) from the floor and made only 12-of-22 free throws.

Conversely, the Razorbacks wrapped up a perfect 16-for-16 performance at the foul line with four free throws in the final 36.7 seconds.

Down 12 points in the first half, the Wildcats fought back to grab a 57-52 lead on a Cauley-Stein dunk and an Aaron Harrison 3-pointer with 4:43 to play in regulation.

Andrew Harrison made 1-of-2 free throws to put Kentucky up 60-56 with 1:13 remaining, but an Alandise Harris layup and two Madden free throws tied the game.

Extra time was then needed to determine a victor after Clarke blocked Andrew Harrison's jumper in the lane and Harris missed a deep 3-pointer at the buzzer.

The Razorbacks never trailed in overtime.

With Kentucky down by three in the final minute, Aaron Harrison missed a floater in the lane after an Arkansas turnover. Clarke was then fouled by Randle while securing the defensive rebound and sank two free throws to make it 69-64 with 36.7 seconds to play.

James Young nailed a 3-pointer on the next Kentucky possession. After the Wildcats failed to create a turnover, Cauley-Stein fouled Kikko Haydar, who converted at the charity stripe with 17.9 seconds left.

Aaron and Andrew Harrison both missed 3-pointers as Arkansas prevailed once again.

"I knew it was going to take an outstanding performance, especially (on) defense," said Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson.

Game Notes

The Razorbacks' last win at Rupp Arena came during their national championship season in 1993-94 ... Arkansas has won three straight against the Wildcats for the first time in school history ... The loss snapped Kentucky's 17-game winning streak against unranked opponents at home ... The game featured a combined 38 turnovers, including 20 by Arkansas ... Randle grabbed 10 rebounds ... Arkansas shot 41.4 percent.

02/27 23:14:20 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 3
DUR 2
 
Final
TOR 2
ATL 5
Final
DET 9
CWS 1
Final
NYM 7
MIA 6
Final
TAM 3
NYY 5
Final
BOS 3
BAL 8
Final
PIT 5
MIL 2
Final
WAS 4
PHI 1
Final
MIN 7
CLE 2
 
8th
HOU 4
ANA 3
 
9th
KAN 4
OAK 2
 
Final
CHC 2
SDP 5
 
4th
SFG 1
ARI 5
 
5th
LOS 2
COL 0
 
3rd
SEA 5
TEX 7
 
8:05pm Tonight
STL
CIN
4th
CLE 106
BOS 95
 
5:30pm Tonight
ATL
BRK
8:00pm Tonight
MEM
POR
10:30pm Tonight
LAC
SAN
Final
NYI 2
WAS 1
3rd
CHI 4
NAS 2
 
7:00pm Tonight
OTT
MON
10:00pm Tonight
CAL
VAN
Final
NOR 3
DUR 2