Connor Vanover scored fourteen points. Chris Lykes shot flawlessly from the free throw line in the final stretch. 13 Arkansas was able to survive despite losing 18 points. They beat Kansas State 72 – 64 in Monday’s Hall of Fame Classic.
Lykes scored 14 points by scoring 10 of his 10 foul shots. Au’Diese Toney added 13 points and JD Notae had 11 — though he was just 4 of 17 from the field — as the Razorbacks (4-0) advanced to play Cincinnati for the title Tuesday night.
The Bearcats overcome a 15 point deficit early in the game to defeat No. 14 Illinois, 71-51.
Wildcats (2-1), almost made a bigger comeback after overcoming a deficit of 42-24 at the break.
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Selton Miguel had 14 points and 9 rebounds. Nijel pack added 14 points. Markquis Nowell made a couple of late 3-pointers, and Markquis Nowell finished with 10.
As the Wildcats struggled to find their feet on the floor, they led the Razorbacks 12-4 at one media timeout. By the next, it was 19-8. Their only recourse against 7-foot-3 Vanover was to foul him — he went 8 for 8 from the free-throw line in the first half — and Toney and Notae provided ample scoring punch from the outside.
It was 18 to the coach Eric Musselman lead.
He was greatly beaten by the Wildcats in the second quarter.
Miguel drove to the basket, and got a few shots high from the glass. Luke Kasubke ended the Wildcats’ pathetic 0-for-13 drought at the 3-point line. They scored seven consecutive points later to reduce their 18-point deficit to 53-43 with just 10:25 remaining.
This is not the first occasion that the Razorbacks have been under pressure.
The team started slowly against Mercer, and was trailing by one at 9:41. They then went on to win 18-3. The game was tied at the end with George Washington, but a 29-5 victory put an end to that tie. With 4:25 to go, they were trailing Northern Iowa 75-72 before they won with a 21-5 victory.
Notae scored a driving basket to the opposite end when the Wildcats pulled within 60-52 at Nowell’s 3. Lykes responded with two more foul shots after Pack attempted a pair of foul shots to tie the score at 62-54. Lykes scored two more free throws after Pack’s 3 made it 66-60.
Arkansas shot just 9 for 25 during the second period, while Arkansas went 0 to 7 beyond the 3-point line. The Wildcats won the match because of that terrible shooting. Notae struggled to hit the ball while also committing four fouls and five turnovers.
Kansas State showed in the last 20 minutes it is capable of playing with highly-ranked teams. But the Wildcats weren’t able to win because they took so long getting out of the break. The Wildcats finished three of 22 at the arc, with Ismael Masoud finishing 0-8 from the field and 5 for 3 from 3.
Cincinnati will be taking on the Razorbacks to win this title. Kansas State plays No. For third, 14 Illinois.