No. 12 Arkansas 97, Vanderbilt 94 OT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Corliss Williamson, shut down with five points in the second half, scored the first seven for No. 12 Arkansas in overtime as the Razorbacks edged Vanderbilt 97-94 Saturday.
Arkansas (19-5, 7-4 Southeastern Conference) trailed by as much as 10 in the second half and managed only two ties, the last at 88-88 on Clint McDaniel’s 3-pointer with 4.4 seconds left that forced overtime.
In the extra period, Williamson followed through on a missed 3-point attempt by Scotty Thurman and added a dunk and a layup. His free throw with 51 seconds left put Arkansas ahead to stay at 95-94.
McDaniel added two free throws for the final margin as Vanderbilt (10-10, 4-6) saw three 3-pointers fall short.
Williamson and Thurman each had 21 for Arkansas, McDaniel had 18, Alex Dillard 14 and reserve Reggie Garrett 10 as the Razorbacks hit 53 percent from the floor.
McMahan scored a career-high 34 points, including eight 3s, for Vanderbilt. But he missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 1:16 left in regulation and two more free throws with 22.8 second left and Vandy leading 88-85.
Vanderbilt had its best shooting performance this season, 54 percent, and tied a school record with 35 3-point attempts, hitting 16 for 46 percent.
Frank Seckar added 26 points for Vanderbilt and center Chris Woods had a career-high 18.
Vanderbilt led 39-38 at intermission and opened the second half with a 17-8 run, taking its biggest lead at 56-46 on a bucket by Woods with 14:56 to go.
Arkansas led 13-4 early in the first half after a 9-0 run highlighted by five points from McDaniel as the Commodores went scoreless for 3:25. Seckar’s 3-pointer broke the drought at the 12:47 mark. McMahan finally hit his first basket, a 3-pointer, with 11:03 left that jump-started the Commodores.
Howard Pride hit another 3 midway through the half, sparking a 7-0 spurt that ended on Woods’ dunk that tied it 19-19. McMahan scored the next 11 points, the last basket another 3 for a 30-28 lead.