FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Mississippi State trailed by six points at halftime and seemed to have no answer for Arkansas' 3-point barrage in the first half. An inspired defensive performance after the break, however, sparked a huge run and powered the Bulldogs to a 77-67 win Saturday night.
"Obviously, it's usually the other way around, and that's why it's so amazing," said Mississippi State coach Ben Howland, referencing Arkansas' tendency to force turnovers and generate scoring. "It was our kids' defense. They did a great job defensively. We did a better job in the second half not turning the ball over because we weren't facing a press because we were getting stops."
The Bulldogs (18-7, 6-6 SEC) ripped off a 23-1 run over an 8:20 span. During that stretch, the Razorbacks (14-11, 5-7 Southeastern Conference) committed five turnovers, six fouls and missed 13 field-goal attempts.