Furious Razorback Comeback Falls Short at Wake

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — An Anthlon Bell three-pointer at the buzzer rimmed out as the Arkansas men’s basketball team lost to Wake Forest 88-85 Friday night at the LJVM Center.

Down by as many as 14 in the second half, the Razorbacks fought all the way back to take a 66-65 lead on a Dusty Hannahs three-point play with 8:45 remaining and it was a back-and-forth contest the rest of the way.

After Keaton Miles led off the game with a jumper to put the Razorbacks ahead 2-0, the visitors would not see another lead for the rest of the half, as the Demon Deacons took a 48-39 advantage into the break. Seven Arkansas players scored at least three points in the opening frame, including a team-high eight from Manuale Watkins.

Early in the second half, the Razorbacks started to catch fire after a Dinos Mitoglu dunk put Wake up 57-43 at the 17:23 mark. Arkansas then proceeded to go on a 25-10 run over the next nine minutes to take a one-point lead. Beginning with the Hannahs layup that took the lead, the Razorbacks hit seven consecutive shots to hang close with the Demon Deacons.

Ultimately, Wake pulled away by shooting 9-for-22 (41 percent) from beyond the arc as Arkansas fell to 3-4 on the short season. Four Razorbacks scored in double figures, led by Hannahs and Moses Kingsley, who scored 15 apiece. Watkins tied a career high with 14 points on 6-for-7 shooting from the field and 2-for-3 from the foul line.

“They made some plays; they made more plays than we did going down the stretch. I liked the effort of our guys. When we really had a chance to fold early on, our guys grew up and didn’t let the adversity affect them.” — Head coach Mike Anderson

 Bell, Hannahs and Kingsley have now scored in double digits in all seven games this year.
 The Razorbacks have made four-plus threes in 50 of the last 55 games dating back to last season.
 With two blocks in the game, Kingsley is now three away from breaking into the top 10 of career blocks in program history.
 With three assists in the game, Watkins has now recorded two-plus assists in all seven games this season.

The Razorbacks return to action on Tuesday, Dec. 8, welcoming Evansville to town for an 8 p.m. tip-off at Bud Walton Arena on SEC Network.