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Hogs avoid upset, rally past Cincinnati

by Bob Holt | November 24, 2021 at 4:01 a.m.
Arkansas' Kamani Johnson (20) and Trey Wade (3) collide with Cincinnati's Jeremiah Davenport (24) as they chase a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA basketball game Tuesday in Kansas City, Mo. - Photo by Charlie Riedel of The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Arkansas Razorbacks made sure Cincinnati didn't beat another nationally ranked team at the Hall of Fame Classic.

The No. 13 Razorbacks rallied late to beat the Bearcats 73-67 Tuesday night in the tournament's championship game at T-Mobile Center.

Cincinnati advanced to play Arkansas by upsetting No. 14 Illinois 71-51 on Monday night.

Senior guard Au'Diese Toney led Arkansas (4-0) with 19 points and nine rebounds. Senior guard Chris Lykes had 15 points for the Razorbacks, including 4 of 4 free throws in the final 21.8 seconds.

JD Notae added 13 points for the Razorbacks.

Senior guard David DeJulius led Cincinnati (5-1) with 24 points.

Arkansas led 68-67 when Lykes missed a jumper. Davonte Davis got the offensive rebound for the Razorbacks, the Bearcats fouled Lykes and he hit two free throws to make it 70-67 with 21.8 seconds left.

Razorbacks forward Jaylin Williams then drew a charge by Jeremiah Davenport with 9.6 seconds left.

Lykes again was fouled an hit two free throws for a 72-67 Arkansas lead.

The Razorbacks got another stop and Williams hit 1 of 2 free throws with 1.2 seconds left for the final 73-67 margin.

After a steal by Notae, Toney was fouled on a driving attempt and hit two free throws to put the Razorbacks ahead 68-67 with 1:32 left.

Arkansas took a 61-60 lead with 5:24 left on Toney's layup with an assist from Davis.

Cincinnati had taken a 67-66 lead on two free throws by DeJulius at the 2:53 mark.

Cincinnati outscored Arkansas 11-2 over a 2:12 span to take a 56-53 lead with 7:56 left.

Saunders started the run with a layup and DeJulius ended it with a 3-pointer.

An 8-0 run by the Razorbacks -- including six points by Notae -- had given them a 51-45 lead.

Notae hit a 3-pointer, then made three free throws after being fouled by Mason Madsen.

Notae hit Arkansas' first 3-pointer of the game to tie the score 33-33 with 18:31 left.

The Razorbacks were 0 of 10 before Notae connected from beyond the arc.

Cincinnati led 30-26 at halftime after both teams struggled offensively.

The Bearcats shot 34.4% (11 of 32) and the Razorbacks shot 29.4% (10 of 34) and were 0 of 10 on 3-pointers.

Mike Saunders hit two free throws with 33.2 seconds left in the half to put Cincinnati ahead 30-26.

The Razorbacks got the final shot of the half, but Williams' 3-point attempt bounced off the rim.

Notae hit a layup with a Williams' assist for the game's first basket, but he then missed his next eight shots to finish the half 1 of 9.

The Razorbacks went ahead 8-2 on Toney's layup on a fast break after Notae's steal.

Cincinnati pulled within 10-9 on a 3-pointer by DeJulius.

Trey Wade hit 1 of 2 free throws for a 13-9 Arkansas lead with 10:49 left in the half.

Abdul Ado -- a transfer from Mississippi State -- scored on a layup to give the Bearcats' their first lead at 14-13.

Williams' tip-in basket tied it 16-16.

Cincinnati went ahead 18-16 on Saunders' layup.

Arkansas tied it again 18-18 on two free throws by Toney with 6:26 left in the half.

John Newman's 3-pointer gave the Bearcats a 21-18 lead.

Arkansas regained the lead, 22-21, on a Davonte Davis fast break basket with a steal and assist by Williams a layup by Connor Vanover with a Toney assist after a blocked shot by Notae.

Arkansas improved to 2-3 all-time against Cincinnati

Razorbacks coach Eric Musselman is 2-0 against the Bearcats, including Nevada's 75-73 victory over Cincinnati in the 2018 NCAA Tournament when he coached the Wolf Pack.

Arkansas returns home to play Penn at 3 p.m. Sunday in Walton Arena.

Arkansas' Davonte Davis (4) shoots between Cincinnati's Mason Madsen (45) and Viktor Lakhin (30) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Arkansas' Davonte Davis (4) shoots between Cincinnati's Mason Madsen (45) and Viktor Lakhin (30) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Arkansas' Chris Lykes, front, is fouled by Cincinnati's Mika Adams-Woods during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Arkansas' Chris Lykes, front, is fouled by Cincinnati's Mika Adams-Woods during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Arkansas' Au'Diese Toney (5) looks to pass under pressure from Cincinnati's Mason Madsen during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Arkansas' Au'Diese Toney (5) looks to pass under pressure from Cincinnati's Mason Madsen during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Arkansas' Stanley Umude (0) gets past Cincinnati's Viktor Lakhin (30) to put up a shot during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Arkansas' Stanley Umude (0) gets past Cincinnati's Viktor Lakhin (30) to put up a shot during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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