Arkansas Razorbacks Mens Basketball Team traveled to Georgia Tech for a Monday night game on the ACC Network. Where for the longest time it seemed that the Razorbacks could never win on the road under Mike Anderson, this is the first true road game for the “Muss Bus.” The Razorbacks to this point have been able to lock down their opponents during their first 5 games of the season. Both teams in this game have had stellar defensive numbers and therefore you knew that this game would be an offensive struggle. The Razorbacks have only allowed one team to surpass 50 points this year in a game.
At 8:40 left in the second half Tech scored a basket to tie the game at 48. Following this was the first ever timeout used by the Razorbacks in the Musselman era when Sills could not find an open man on the inbound (Musselman is still yet to call a timeout at this point in the season).
On another not, we witnessed Mason Jones consecutive made free throws end as he had not missed one all season.
At the 7:17 mark Arkansas had reached their 7 foul limit and Tech would shoot one and one the rest of the game.
Sills arguably had his best game this season offensively, as he scored a few big buckets in the second half to help the Hogs maintain a 2 point lead on 2 different occasions.
At the 5:57 mark, Mason Jones drove to the basket across the baseline and collected a blocking foul on a Tech player, along with the head coach of Tech to receive a Technical foul. Mason Jones would knock down both of the technical foul free throws, along with the “And 1” free throw after the blocking foul, stretching the lead from 2, to 7 on one possession (all points coming from Mason Jones).
On just about every possession for the Razorbacks under 4:30 to go, the Hogs milked the shot clock down to under 10 seconds, attempting to ice the game as much as possible. Not something that we have seen very often from this years Razorbacks team and it seemed to have a negative effect on their shooting.
At the final TV timeout the Hogs led Tech 57-55 with Mason Jones going to the free throw line for 2 freebies. Jones would go on to hit free throws to push the lead to 4 points. Only to be cut back to 2 points by a dunk from Banks on the next Tech possession.
At the 1:57 mark, Bailey passes the ball to Coach Musselman on the sideline turning the ball over and then Jimmy Whitt was called for a foul on the other end where Banks would hit 1-2 from the line cutting the lead to 1 point.
The Hogs would not get much luck on the offensive end as Mason Jones hit the deck on a play that could have been called a foul, then I. Joe was called for a questionable blocking foul and Devoe for Tech would knock down 1-2 free throws to tie the game at 59.
Sills would have a good floater look on the hogs next trip down the floor and would come up just short.
Tech would have the basket and miss a good open jumper. Musselman would let them play for the last shot and not call a timeout. Whitt would take a jumper and miss it off the side of the rim. Tech gets the rebound and Coach Pastner for Tech would take a timeout with approximately 1.4 seconds left on the clock. Tech would get the ball at the 3/4 court area on Arkansas’ side of the court and would not get a shot off. The game would head to overtime tied at 59 points a piece.
The overtime tip would be won by Adrio Bailey but the ball would go out of bounds and Tech would receive the first possession of overtime. Tech would eventually miss a 3 pointer on this possession.
Arkansas would not have scored an actual field goal since the 5 point possession by Mason Jones in the later portion of the second half.
After swapping missed shots by each team for the first minutes and 50 seconds of the overtime period (combined 0-8) (0-1 from the free throw line (Mason Jones, front end of a 1-1)) until Banks hits a shot to put Georgia Tech up by 2.
The following possession for Arkansas would pass the ball around with under 20 seconds left until Mason Jones received the ball around halfcourt with less than 5 seconds to go. Jones would do a step back jumper behind the three point line and knock down a bank shot to give the Razorbacks the 62-61 lead with .1 seconds left on the clock. The inbounds play for Tech would be caught by Arkansas and the hogs would escape with the first road win of the Musselman era and your Arkansas Razorbacks have started 6-0.
Arkansas had 3 players in double figures in scoring; Jones (24) including the game winning 3 pointer in overtime, Joe (13), Sills (11)
Joe was the leading rebounder for the hogs with 9.
Sills led the way in assists with 4
Both teams only scored one basket in overtime, Banks with a baby hook shot, Jones with the bank in 3 for the win.
Next up for the Razorbacks is back on Nolan Richardson Court where they will play Northern Kentucky (4-2) Saturday November 30th, at 4:00 p.m. on the SEC Network+
GO HOGS #wps