Arkansas 100, Mississippi 87
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) _ Tarik Wallace scored 23 points, including a few big 3s, to help No. 14 Arkansas pull away from No. 17 Mississippi for a 100-87 win Thursday night.
The victory put Arkansas (19-3, 8-1) three games in front of the Rebels (14-5, 5-4) in the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference.
Mississippi led by as many as eight, but Wallace’s first 3 put Arkansas ahead 40-38 at the half. He capped a 12-2 run early in the second half with another 3 that pushed the lead to 50-42. With his next 3, he gave his team it first double-digit lead, 59-48.
Wallace finished 4-for-7 on 3-pointers and scored 17 of his points in the second half, when he also did a good job containing Mississippi’s Keith Carter. Carter scored 18 of his 20 points in the first half. Wallace guarded him much of the second half.
Pat Bradley added 21 points for Arkansas, which made Mississippi a victim of its relentless pressure. The Rebels turned the ball over 10 times in the first 14 minutes of the second half. By that point, Arkansas had 31 points off Mississippi turnovers.
The Rebels’ 11-1 run made it 30-22 _ their biggest lead of the first half, and stayed ahead the final 7:14 of the half.
Bradley tied it with a one-hander in the lane in the opening seconds of the second half and then Wallace drove the lane for 42-40.
Carter banked a shot for the ninth and final tie of the game, but Kareem Reid made a scoop shot to give Arkansas the lead for good.