No. 19 Ark. 66, New Mexico State 60
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) _ Pat Bradley scored 19 points and Kareem Reid added 10 to pace Arkansas to a hard-fought 66-60 victory Saturday night over New Mexico State in a semifinal matchup in the Top of the World Classic.
With 48 seconds remaining, the 19th-ranked Razorbacks (4-0) were up by only a point, 61-60, before Reid hit a pair of free throws, Sergerio Gipson banked in a layup and Bradley made a free throw to provide the margin of victory.
William Keys led the Aggies (2-1) with 16 points. He also accounted for six of his team’s eight assists. Gerard Moore contributed 12 points and Charles Gosa had nine points and nine rebounds.
For Arkansas, Saturday’s outcome was the second close call in as many games at the Top of the World. On Friday, Virginia took the Razorbacks down to the wire before Arkansas won 85-83.
The Razorbacks will meet Villanova on Sunday for the tourney title, while New Mexico State meets host Alaska Fairbanks for third place.
The Razorbacks went ahead at 8-6 in the opening minutes on back-to-back three-pointers by Chris Jefferies, and quickly ran its lead up to 23-12 before the Aggies turned the momentum around.
Keys connected on two short jumpers in the lane and a three-pointer to cut the Razorbacks’ lead to 33-31 with 1:50 remaining in the half. Arkansas made three free throws in the final minute to work their margin up to five at the half.
Bradley scored 12 on 4-for-4 shooting from the field to lead all scorers at the half.