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Vols come up short against Razorbacks, 80-72

Posted on 13 March 2015 by Allen


Down by 20 points at halftime, Tennessee stormed back to within four points with less than four minutes to go, but were eliminated in the SEC Tournament Quarterfinals on Friday night as #21 Arkansas beat the Vols, 80-72.

Arkansas scored the game’s first 13 points and dominated the first 20 minutes, but just as Tennessee has done all season, the Vols never quit, before suffering the defeat.

Kevin Punter scored nine points in a row as the Vols cut a 67-59 deficit to 69-65 with 3:37 remaining. The Vols were within four points twice in the final four minutes, but could not complete a stunning comeback for a second night in a row.

Senior Josh Richardson had his first-career double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out. Punter had 13 points.

Freshman Tariq Owens tallied a career-high seven points.

Tennessee (16-16 overall) will await its postseason fate as the brackets will be unveiled at night on Sunday, March 15.

Arkansas (25-7) will take on the winner of the match-up between #3 seed Georgia and #11 South Carolina, which was played later this evening.

SEC Player of the Year Bobby Portis had a monster game with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Michael Qualls added 20 points for the Razorbacks

Arkansas opened the game making their first five field goals to bust out to a 13-0 lead. Devon Baulkman finally ended the drought for the Vols with a 3-pointer, 4:39 into the game.

Down by 15 points, 5:20 into the game, Tennessee rallied to cut an 18-3 deficit to just seven points at 20-13 on a Robert Hubbs III 3-pointer with 10 minutes left in the half.

Arkansas built a lead of 45-25 at halftime. Portis had 18 points in the first half as the Razorback shot 51.6 from the floor in the first 20 minutes.

The Vols made only four field goals in the first half, shooting 16.0 percent. They did converted 15-of-17 free throws.

Tennessee outscored Arkansas in the second half, 47-35, but the first-half deficit was too much to overcome.

The Vols got within nine points at 57-48, by virtue of making 9-of-11 shots during a 13-2 run midway through the second half spanning more than five minutes.

Arkansas regained a 14-point lead before the Vols cut to it five points on consecutive Punter 3-pointers with less than five minutes to go, bringing the Vols within 67-62.

Tennessee got within four points on two occasions in the final four minutes, but that was as close as they would get.

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