FAYETTEVILLE, AR (arkansasrazorbacks.com) - Playing against his former school, Dusty Hannahs scored 21 of Arkansas’ 29 first-half points as the Razorback men’s basketball team defeated Texas Tech on Saturday afternoon, 75-68 in overtime. Hannahs ended up with 25 points, the second-most of any player thus far in the #BIG12SEC Challenge.
After going scoreless and without a rebound in the first frame, Moses Kingsley erupted with 17 points and 11 boards in the second half and overtime combined for his third-consecutive double-double and 11th of the season.
There was a lid on the rim early for the Razorbacks, with the team missing nine straight shots and going scoreless for 5:39, while Texas Tech took an early 16-4 lead. But a layup by Jimmy Whitt got Arkansas going again, and that’s when Hannahs brought the heat. The junior scored 19 of the team’s final 23 points of the half, and the Razorbacks took a 29-28 lead into the locker room.
That momentum continued into the second half, as Arkansas come out with a quick 16-6 run to take its first double-digit lead of the contest. Back came the Red Raiders, though, to tie the game at 45 with 10:22 left. Through the final 10 minutes, it was back-and-forth between the two.
Down 60-56 with 72 seconds left, back-to-back offensive put-backs by Trey Thompson and Kingsley tied the game, then a missed Texas Tech layup at the buzzer meant the game was destined for overtime.
With the game tied at 64 in the extra frame, a three-pointer from Anthlon Bell and a breakaway dunk by Kingsley put the game out of reach. Fittingly, Hannahs hit the final foul shots to ice it, then dribbled out the final seconds of the victory as the Razorbacks improved to 11-10 on the season.
“Once we got into overtime, our guys have been in those situations before and I thought it played to our favor because of the experience of going through it. Not many games you are going to have Moses play in a half and he’s a zero-zero guy. It shows you the kind of capability he has, to get a double-double in the second half and overtime.” — Head coach Mike Anderson
“You knew Dusty would have emotion, but emotion can only take you so far. He was able to really help us get back into the game by making some tough shots and getting to the basket. For the most part, in the first half, it went his way. Thank goodness the other guys stepped up and played in the second half.” — Head coach Mike Anderson
“A win is a win, but that was a win against a really well-coached and balanced basketball team. We were in a pickle late, down four, but it’s a testament to these close games we had. They taught us our lesson, how to finish.” — Junior guard Dusty Hannahs
• Dusty Hannahs scored 20-plus points for the 10th time this season, including the fifth time in the last seven games.
• Hannahs and Anthlon Bell each hit three shots from beyond the arc for the 11th time this season.
• Anthlon Bell has hit a three-pointer in all 21 games this season.
• Moses Kingsley recorded his third-consecutive double-double and his 11th of the season.
• With 17 points, Moses Kingsley has scored in double figures in all 21 games this season.
• Kingsley led the team in rebounds (11), while Jabril Durham led the team in assists (4), each for the 20th time this season.
• Trey Thompson had career highs of nine rebounds and three blocked shots in 22 minutes, before fouling out in overtime.
• Arkansas has had a double-digit lead in 11-of-13 games in Bud Walton Arena this season.
• The Red Raiders shot only 1-of-13 from beyond the arc, Arkansas’ best defensive three-point performance of the season.
• The Razorbacks have played five overtime games in the last 12 contests.