Hogs Lose a Tough One At Home vs Hilltoppers

WKU 78, Arkansas 77

Story and photos by Mike Price

Fayetteville, AR

Charles Bassey dunks.

Arkansas started the game firing behind a couple of early threes by freshman Isaiah Joe and a layup by sophomore Daniel Gafford.  After a Gafford dunk at the 15:18 mark, that gave the Hogs their largest lead of the day at 17-8 and looked like they would have the game in hand early.  But the Hilltoppers slowly chipped away at the lead and it down to a 2 point game at 22-20.  WKU player Josh Anderson fouled Isaiah Joe on a layup and was called for a Flagrant 2 and ejected from the game with 2:04 left.  The Hogs went on to a halftime lead up 41-33.

Josh Anderson exits after being called for a Flagrant 2 foul in the first half.

Western Kentucky came out in the second half on a 15-3 run to take the lead 48-46.  From there, the game would go back and forth until WKU went up 57-49 on a Tolu Smith dunk.  The Hogs kept clawing back and Mason Jones made a 3 pointer to get within 1 at 76-75 with 2:16 to play.  After several missed shots, turnovers and rebounds, Gafford made a layup with 40 seconds left to put the Hogs up 77-76.  On the next possession, Hilltopper Charles Bassey made an interior pass to set up Marek Nelson for an easy layup to put WKU on top for good at 78-77.  Hog Jalen Harris missed a layup with 4 seconds left and the ball was lost out of bounds by WKU with 1 second left.  With one last attempt, the ball was thrown into Gafford who missed a heavily contested shot.  The loss snapped a 64 game win streak the Hogs had when leading at halftime and dropped them to 6-2 while the Hilltoppers improved to 5-4.

Jalen Harris drives to the hoop.

Gafford throws up a last second shot to try and win the game.

Next up for the Hogs is a home game vs UTSA in North Little Rock at Verizon Arena on Dec 14th.

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