#20 Arkansas Outlasts Stanford
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas – Trevon Brazile had a career-high 17 rebounds, Chandler Lawson had career highs in rebounds (12) and blocked shots (5) while Tramon Mark scored 25 points – including eight in the two overtimes, to lead #20 Arkansas to a 77-74, double-overtime victory over Stanford in the final game on the first day of the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Arkansas led at halftime but Stanford opened the second half on a 14-5 run to lead 34-27. The Cardinal held the lead until Brazile made two free throws to tie the game at 42 with 12:14 left in regulation. Mark made two free throws with 6:57 left to give Arkansas a 49-48 lead. Stanford answered and would lead by four twice inside the final 3:26, including a 59-55 cushion with 35 seconds left.
Mark made two free throws to cut the deficit to two. On the ensuing possession, Stanford missed the front end of a 1&1 with nine seconds left. Lawson grabbed the rebound and passed to Devonte Davis, who went coast-to-coast, drew a foul and sank to free throws with six seconds left to tie the game at 59-59. Stanford’s Jared Bynum missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to force the first overtime.
Arkansas scored first to start the first overtime period and the Razorbacks held the lead. Arkansas looked to seal the win inside the final 20 seconds. Up two, Davis got a steal on defense and was fouled with four seconds left. He made one for a 3-point lead but Benny Gealer hit a triple just inside the halfcourt line to force a second overtime.
Brazile opened the second overtime with a triple and the Hogs never surrendered the lead. The Cardinal did get to with one on four occasions, including 75-74 with 45 ticks left. Mark hit a layup with 19 seconds left. Stanford called a timeout with seven seconds left and got off two 3-pointers, but missed them both to give Arkansas the win.
Brazile, who was 2-of-5 from 3-point range and 6-of-6 at the line, finished with 14 points to go along with his 17 rebounds. He added two assists and two steals.
Stanford was led by Spencer Jones’ 27 points, making 5-of-10 from 3-point range. Jared Bynum added 13 points and Maxime Raynaud had 10 rebounds.
While Arkansas shot just 30.3 percent from the field, the Razorbacks were 26-of-33 from the free throw line and they out-rebounded the Cardinal 52-46. On the other end, Stanford committed 19 turnovers and was just 13-of-24 from the free throw line, including 6-of-12 in the two overtime periods.
Overall, there were 11 ties and 10 lead changes.
There were five ties and six lead changes in the first half alone. The last tie was a Layden Blocker jumper to make the score 20-20 with 1:31 left and Makhi Mitchell hut a hook shot with 25 seconds left to give Arkansas the 22-20 lead at the break.
Seven Razorbacks scored in the first half, including six from Tramon Mark, while Trevon Brazile grabbed seven rebounds. Arkansas did not allow Stanford to get an offensive rebound, but the Cardinal kept it close as the Razorbacks shot just 26.7 percent from the field (1-of-8 from 3-point range).
Arkansas will play Memphis on Thursday in the second round of the Battle 4 Atlantis. Tipoff is set for 5 pm (ET)/4 pm (CT) and the game will be televised on ESPN.
- Arkansas starters were Davonte Davis, Tramon Mark, Jeremiah Davenport, Trevon Brazile and Makhi Mitchell.
- Arkansas controlled the tip to start the game.
- Makhi Mitchell scored the game’s first points at 18:57 on an offensive rebound and putback.
- Chandler Lawson and Khalif Battle were the first Razorback subs.
- This was Arkansas’ first win over Stanford in three chances.
• Arkansas is now 9-2 all time in double overtime games. It was the Hogs’ first 2OT game since beating Georgia, 80-77, on Jan. 23, 2018.
- Eric Musselman is only one win shy of 100 as Razorback head coach. He is 99-43 in his fifth season at Arkansas and 209-77 in his ninth year as a collegiate head coach.
- With 10 points tonight, Davonte Davis is 14 points from 1,000 for his career.
- Layden Blocker was a team-best +11 in 16:23 played. He scored four points with two rebounds (both offensive) and three steals.
• Trevon Brazile had a career-high 17 rebounds and scored 10 points for his third career double-double. His previous-best rebound total was 12 versus North Dakota State in the season opener last year.
- Davonte Davis entered the game with zero turnovers in 123 minutes through the first four games. He had five tonight. However, he has grabbed at least five rebounds in all five games this season.
- Tramon Mark had career highs in free throws made (12) and attempted (15) but missed his career-high by one point, getting 25 versus Stanford.
- Davis (45:14), Brazile (45:52) and Mark (41:08) all played career-high minutes.
- Chandler Lawson had a career-high 13 rebounds and had a career-high five blocked shots.
- Arkansas led at halftime, was down three with five minutes to play and was tied with two minutes left. In the Muss era, Arkansas is 76-9 when leading at the half, 10-35 when trailing with five minutes left and 2-4 when tied with two minutes left.
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