Arkansas Holds Off Frantic Texas A&M Rally

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FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – On a night that the University of Arkansas honored former head coach Nolan Richardson, it looked like his teams of the mid 1990s on the floor during the first half against Texas A&M.

The second half did not.

Despite leading by as much as 25 points, Arkansas was able to hold off a second half rally attempt by the Aggies and pulled out an 81-75 win at Bud Walton Arena.

Bobby Portis led the way for Arkansas with 22 points while Anthlon Bell added 14. Bell’s 14 points all came in the first half. Alandise Harris and Rashad Madden each finished with 11 points.

Arkansas led 49-26 at halftime and the crowd exploded during the first 20 minutes as well as during intermission when Richardson was honored with a banner wielding his name but the final 20 minutes was anything but pleasing for Razorbacks’ fans.

The Aggies pounded Arkansas on the glass, winning the edge 44-23, and pulled within two points in the final 90 seconds before the Razorbacks put the game away at the foul line.

Texas A&M committed 16 first half turnovers but a much cleaner second half helped lead the comeback effort as the Aggies had just four turnovers after intermission. Danuel House led the way for Texas A&M with 28 points. The Aggies finished with 21 turnovers in the game.

 

3 comments

    • Leten Uno

      You can’t stop a bullet. Yet if you know it coming you can dodge it. Obviously you would have preferred to win 100-10. But Teams aren’t perfect. And to your complete surprise there is another team and another coach in the house. The job of coaches is to find and exploit the weakness. Arkansas found one in the first half. TAM found one in the 2nd. In the end Ark takes the Victory. Instead of criticizing your team and coach, appreciate the other team for their efforts in battle. Nolan, and Mike, do seem to know a lot about winning.

      • arnold fudpucker

        Nolan was criticized for his lack of attention to rebounding and Anderson learned that fault from him. Can’t deny that fact and that is the point.

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