Arkansas pulls away from Kentucky in 2nd half, wins 88-73
Ricky Council IV scored 20 points, Anthony Black had 19 and Arkansas used a blazing second half to pull away and beat Kentucky 88-73, giving coach Eric Musselman his 200th collegiate victory.
Black added five assists and five steals. Makhel Mitchell and Davonte Davis scored 15 points each and Jordan Walsh 13 for the Razorbacks who have won five straight conference games, including three in a row. It was Arkansas’ third straight win over the Wildcats. The teams meet again in Fayetteville in a regular-season finale on March 4.
Kentucky (16-8, 7-4 SEC) got big games from freshmen Chris Livingston and Cason Wallace on Tuesday. Wallace had 24 points, five assists, three rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots. Livingston had 13 points and five rebounds.
The Cats also got 11 points from both Antonio Reeves and Jacob Toppin, who also had eight rebounds. Oscar Tshiebwe was held to seven points and seven rebounds in the game.
The Razorbacks shot a sizzing 72 percent (18 for 25) in the second half to pull away for the win.
Kentucky returns to action on Saturday, visiting Georgia in an SEC matchup. Tipoff is set for noon ET and the game can be seen on ESPN.