Arkansas got huge plays from Moses Kingsley and held on down the stretch to earn a critical SEC road win Tuesday night.
Kingsley, the SEC Preseason Player of the Year, tipped in a miss by guard Daryl Macon with 3:15 remaining to give the Hogs their first lead of the second half. They held on the rest of the way, defeating Texas A&M, 62-60, inside Reed Arena.
Kingsley finished with 12 points and 4 rebounds. His most significant contributions came in the clutch. With 4:55 remaining and Arkansas trailing 56-50, Kingsley buried a 3-pointer from straight away. The shot sparked an 11-0 run over the next four minutes as the Hogs rallied to victory.
Macon had a game-high 16 points for Arkansas (14-4, 3-3 SEC). Dusty Hannahs and Manny Watkins each chipped in 9 points off the bench.
The Razorbacks narrowly survived the final 30 seconds. Leading 61-60, guard Jaylen Barford missed two free throws. Texas A&M failed to secure the rebound on the second miss, losing the ball out of bounds. Arkansas then inbounded the ball to Macon, who stepped out of bounds to give the Aggies new hope.
A&M guard D.J. Hogg missed a step-back jumper on the ensuing possession. Macon then hit 1 of 2 free throws, and Admon Gilder’s 3-pointer for the win badly missed at the buzzer.
Gilder matched Macon’s game-high with 16 points for the Aggies.
Texas A&M (9-8, 1-5) led 32-30 at halftime. The Aggies shot just 31 percent but made 10 of their 13 free throw attempts in the opening half. Arkansas shot 43 percent from the field and went 3 of 7 from the 3-point line in the first half.
Texas A&M seized control initially in the second half with an 18-6 spurt over the first 7:20 out of the locker room. The Aggies scored just 8 points the rest of the way.
Stat of the game
Rebounding: Arkansas 36, Texas A&M 32.
The Razorbacks have been poor on the boards in SEC play. They had only out-rebounded one conference opponent (Missouri) in their first five conference games before Tuesday. The advantage against A&M no doubt helped lead to a win.
Kingsley’s 3-pointer with 4:55 to go. That shot cut A&M’s lead to 56-53 and seemingly gave Arkansas the lift it needed to close out the victory. Big plays from Kingsley are expected, but the big man delivering one from beyond the 3-point line was huge.
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LSU has lost five of its last six and is 1-4 to start SEC play entering its game Wednesday at Auburn. The Hogs will be in search of a second consecutive SEC victory inside Bud Walton Arena.