Arkansas uses 3-point attack to beat Tennessee 75-65
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Arkansas capitalized on its hot 3-point shooting and Tennessee's short-handed roster to earn a rare road victory.
Dusty Hannahs and Anthlon Bell combined to score 33 points and shoot 7 of 10 from 3-point range Saturday night as Arkansas won 75-65 over Tennessee, which played without two of its top three scorers.
The Razorbacks were 9 of 19 from beyond the arc Saturday and have made 40.7 percent of their 3-point attempts (203 of 499) this year, putting them on pace to break the school single-season record of .395 set in 1992-93. Arkansas (15-14, 8-8 SEC) entered the night ranked 10th among all Division I programs in 3-point percentage.
''We're a small team by major-college standards, I think,'' Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said. ''One of the strengths we have, we've got a lot of guys who can knock shots down. If you've got them, use them. And we made them today. We hadn't done that on the road the last couple of games.''
Tennessee (13-16, 6-10) played its third straight game without Kevin Punter Jr., who has a stress fracture in his right foot. Punter averages 22.2 points per game and entered the game ranked 12th among all Division I players in scoring.
The Volunteers also were missing Robert Hubbs III, who averages 10.8 points per game but had scored just three points and was benched throughout the second half of a loss Thursday at South Carolina.
''He says something's wrong with his knee,'' Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said of Hubbs. ''I didn't expect him to play at all. Just the way he walks around, I didn't expect it at all. I've learned not to have any great expectations there.''
Hannahs scored 17 points and shot 3 of 4 from beyond the arc. Bell had 16 points and was 4 of 6 on 3-pointers. That duo made sure Arkansas won its third straight game and earned just its second road victory of the season.
While 3-point shooting sparked Arkansas to the victory, the Razorbacks were more interested in talking about their defense afterward. Tennessee shot 38.5 percent overall and was just 4 of 21 on 3-point attempts.
''I like the way we're playing now,'' Bell said. ''We're playing with our defense - and it's leading to easy offense.''
Armani Moore had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Tennessee, which has lost four of its last five games. Admiral Schofield added 15 points and nine rebounds, and Shembari Phillips had 13 points.
But the Vols wore down in the second half as Arkansas utilized its superior depth.
''In the second half, we looked like a team that was trying to hold on as opposed to a team that was really trying to win a game,'' Barnes said. ''Our defense wasn't very good in the second half.''
Arkansas: Moses Kingsley had nine points and eight rebounds to end a string of four consecutive double-doubles. He had averaged 18.8 points and 11.8 rebounds during that four-game stretch.
Tennessee: Phillips is averaging 14 points and 3.3 assists over his last three games. He had been averaging 4.1 points and 0.6 assists per game before this stretch.
Tennessee used a starting lineup that featured all three of the Volunteers' eligible scholarship freshmen: Kyle Alexander, Phillips and Schofield. This marked the first time Tennessee started three true freshmen in the same game since Feb. 3, 2007.
A fourth freshman - walk-on Brad Woodson - entered the game in the first half and ended up playing nine minutes.
Arkansas shot 59.1 percent (13 of 22) in the second half. .... Arkansas outscored Tennessee 21-2 in fast-break points. ... Arkansas' Anton Beard scored 10 points off the bench. Beard has scored in double figures twice in his last 10 games, and both of those came against Tennessee.
Arkansas visits Alabama on Wednesday.
Tennessee visits Vanderbilt on Tuesday.