Late Tip-In Lifts Arkansas Over Oklahoma State, 66-65
FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas - Daniel Gafford's tip-in with 16.2 seconds remaining put Arkansas up by one, and the Razorbacks held on in the closing seconds for a 66-65 win over Oklahoma State on Saturday.
The win puts an end to a five-game losing streak to the Cowboys for the Razorbacks (15-6), who have now won four of five overall and earned their first win over Oklahoma State since 1971.
Daryl Macon scored 22 points off the bench to lead Arkansas, which trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half and didn't earn its first lead until midway through the second half.
Lindy Waters scored 17 points to lead the Cowboys (13-8), who fell to 3-2 in the Big 12/Southeastern Conference Challenge. Brandon Averette and Mitchell Solomon added 10 points each in the loss.
The Razorbacks trailed 65-64 in the closing minute, but Gafford followed a missed floater by Anton Beard to put Arkansas up by one.
Oklahoma State had a chance to take the lead on the other end, but both Jeffrey Carroll and Solomon missed at close range to help Arkansas secure the win.
The Cowboys entered the game having won 10 of their last 11 games against Arkansas dating back to 1966. They appeared on their way to making it 11 of 12 on Saturday, but Arkansas used a 12-0 second-half run to take its first lead and then hold on in the closing seconds.
The Razorbacks were blown out 99-71 at Oklahoma State a year ago, a game in which they trailed 59-33 at halftime. Things didn't appear to be going much better early on Saturday for Arkansas, which fell behind 9-0 to start the game and was down 24-11 after a putback by the Cowboys' Trey Reeves. However, Macon scored eight of the Razorbacks next 10 points to pull them back into the game - finishing 7 of 13 from the field and making four 3-pointers.
Up next, Oklahoma State hosts TCU on Tuesday at 6 p.m.