Arkansas beats Texas A&M in SEC opener, Razorbacks improve to 12-1
By ERIC W. BOLIN
Arkansas had four players in double figures as the Razorbacks opened Southeastern Conference play Saturday night much the same way they handled nonconference competition -- with a victory.
Arkansas (12-1) forced Texas A&M into 11 second-half turnovers, including four in a four-minute stretch late in the period, and dispatched the Aggies, 69-59.
Back-to-back 3-pointers from reigning Co-SEC Player of the Week Isaiah Joe gave the Razorbacks their biggest lead of the game, 10, with 3:52 left. Joe shot 6 of 14 from the field (5 of 12 from 3-point range) and chipped in 17 points, tied with teammate Mason Jones for the team high.
Texas A&M (6-6), the worst field-goal and 3-point shooting team in the SEC entering the contest, had offensive issues all game. Despite shooting 47 percent from the floor, the Aggies made just 31 percent (5 of 16) of their 3-pointers and got most of their buckets on the inside. Arkansas countered with 17 points off A&M turnovers and shot 10 of 29 from beyond the arc.
Josh Nebo had a double-double for Texas A&M, scoring 10 points and collecting 13 rebounds. Desi Sills and Jimmy Whitt Jr. also finished in double figures for Arkansas, scoring 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Arkansas: The last time the Razorbacks went this deep into January with just one loss was during its national championship season of 1993-94. That team didn't lose its second game until January 19.
Texas A&M: The Aggies saw their three-game winning streak snapped.
Arkansas: The Razorbacks travel to Baton Rouge on Wednesday for a game against LSU.
Texas A&M: The Aggies travel to Oxford, Mississippi, to play Ole Miss on Tuesday.