Arkansas Gets Overtime Win vs Texas A&M
FAYETTEVILLE – Jaylin Williams hit a jumper with 13 seconds left in overtime – and the shot clock running out – for a 3-point lead then, after two Aggie free throws with five ticks left, Stanley Umude threw down a fastbreak dunk with 1.2 seconds remaining to give Arkansas a 76-73 victory over Texas A&M Saturday night at Bud Walton Arena.
The Razorbacks win their fourth straight and improve to 14-5 overall, 4-3 in the SEC. Texas A&M falls to 15-4, 4-2 in the SEC.
Williams finished this fourth double-double in five games while adding three assists, three blocked shots and a career-high six steals. JD Notae added 17 points with six rebounds, four assists and three steals (padding his SEC-leading average) before fouling out with 1:04 left in regulation. Umude added 15 pints, seven boards and three steals while Au’Diese Toney had 12 points and six boards.
The Razorbacks, the NCAA leader in both free throws made and attempts, continued its success at the line, going 21-of-25. Arkansas also forced 19 turnovers. But the difference came down to shooting in the overtime period. Arkansas made 4-of-5 shots from the field and 4-of-7 from the line while A&M was just 3-of-7 from the field and 2-of-2 at the line.
Arkansas raced out to a 20-4 lead to start the game. The Aggies battled back and trimmed the deficit to four (33-29) at halftime.
Texas A&M would trim its deficit to one three times in the second half, but Arkansas continued to hold the lead. In fact, Arkansas pushed its lead to 10 (51-41) with 11:19 to go. The Aggies went on a 15-5 run to tie the game, 56-56. The Razorbacks would not surrender the lead and went on a 6-0 run to lead 62-56 with 1:09 remaining. The Hogs also led by six with 58 ticks left before the Aggies made three free throws at 0:52 and Hassan Diarra drilled a game-tying 3-pointer with nine seconds left to force overtime.
The Aggies took their first lead, 66-64, on a Quenton Jackson layup with 44 seconds into the overtime period. Later Hasson made a layup to put the Aggies up 68-66. From that point, Arkansas got an old-fashion 3-point play from Davonte Davis with 2:31 left to put the Hogs up one, a lead it would not relinquish.
Up one after an A&M 3-pointer, Arkansas went up three on Williams’ jumper with 13 seconds left. Wade Taylor got the Aggies back to within one after making two free throws with five seconds left. Davis took the inbounds pass, out-ran the Aggie defensive and found an open Umude, who threw down his dunk to seal the 3-point win.
Aggie freshman Taylor led all scorers with 25 (8-of-14 FG, 5-of-8 3PT). However, he was 5-of-5 from the field and 3-of-3 from deep in the first half while going just 3-of-9 from the field and 2-of-5 from 3-point range in the second half and overtime combined. Jackson had 13 points and four blocked shots while Tyrese Radford added 11 rebounds.
Arkansas returns to the road to face Ole Miss on Wednesday (Jan. 26). Tipoff is set for 6 pm (CT) and the game will be on SEC Network. After Ole Miss, Arkansas will play three of its next four at home, including a Jan. 29 (Saturday) meeting with West Virginia as part of the SEC-Big 12 Challenge.
FIRST HALF: Arkansas: 33 – Texas A&M: 29
- Arkansas raced out to a 20-4 lead after an alley-oop dunk by Au’Diese Toney from Davonte Davis.
- Texas A&M got back in the game with an 11-3 run with eight minutes to go. The Aggies ended the first half with an 8-1 run.
- Stanley Umude led Arkansas with seven points while JD Notae and Toney each added six.
- JD Notae had three steals.
- Texas A&M was led by Wade Taylor, who scored 13 off the bench. He was 5-of-5 from the field (3-of-3 from 3-point).
- Arkansas was 6-of-12 from 3-point range while the Aggies were just 3-of-11.
- Arkansas’ starting lineup was JD Notae – Au’Diese Toney – Stanley Umude – Trey Wade –Jaylin Williams for the third straight game. It is just the second starting lineup combination that has been used more than once this season.
- Arkansas won the opening tip.
- Au’Diese Toney scored the game’s first points, a jumper in the lane at 19:45.
- Davonte Davis was the first Razorback sub.
- Texas A&M is Arkansas’ most common opponent all-time. The Razorbacks are now 105-58 against the Aggies, including a 60-15 mark in games played in Fayetteville. Arkansas is 10-7 versus the Aggies since A&M joined the SEC for the 2012-13 season and are 8-1 against A&M at home over the span.
- With 105 wins, Arkansas has at least 100 wins versus three schools – Texas A&M (105), TCU (105) and Rice (103).
- Arkansas wore new uniforms with “ARKANSAS” on the home white jersey for the first time (as opposed to the traditional “RAZORBACKS”.
- This was Arkansas’ first overtime game of the season. Arkansas is 3-3 in overtime under Coach Musselman and he is 9-6 all-time as a collegiate head coach in overtime games.
- Arkansas is now 67-59 all-time in overtime games. The last overtime game for Arkansas was an 86-81 victory at Missouri last season (Feb. 13, 2021).
- When losing to an opponent earlier in the year and facing that same opponent later, Arkansas is 7-1 when attempted to avenge a loss under Coach Musselman.
- Williams is the first major conference Division I player to have at least 14 points, 11 rebounds, six steals, three blocked shots and three assists since Florida State’s Chris Singleton reached those marks versus UNC Greensboro in November 2010. (Sports Reference)
- Williams also took two charges, running his team total to 23.
- Arkansas had three players with at least three steals – Williams (6), Stanley Umude (3) and JD Notae (3). The last time at least three Hogs had at least three steals was 2014 versus Ole Miss (Coty Clark, Rashad Madden and Bobby Portis each had three). The last time it happened in any game was in last year’s season opener versus Mississippi Valley State when Moses Moody, Justin Smith and Desi Sills each had three.
- Arkansas has held its opponent below 40 percent shooting during its current 4-game win streak. Arkansas held Texas A&M to 37.1%. The Aggies entered the game shooting 46.4% from the field for the season.
- Texas A&M committed 19 turnovers compared to 16 by Arkansas. It was the second-most turnovers committed by A&M this season and the Aggies entered the game 6th in the NCAA in turnover margin (+5.6)
- Arkansas has won the battle of the boards in both games versus A&M this season. The Hogs are 12-1 this year when winning the rebound battle with the lone blemish coming at Texas A&M. The Razorbacks are 33-4 in the Musselman era when winning the rebound battle.
- Arkansas held Aggie Henry Coleman to just 9 points (3-of-10 shooting) and five rebounds in 18:37 played. Coleman was averaging 18.0 and 6.4 in the first five SEC games this season.
- With three assists, Stanley Umude now has 200 for his career. He has scored 1,717 career points with 632 career rebounds, and 107 career blocked shots.
- After having its 3-point streak snapped at 1,092 games last Tuesday, Arkansas made seven triples versus A&M, including 4 of its first 5.
- Au’Diese Toney is just 30 points shy of 1,000 for his career.
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