The Kentucky Wildcats lost to the Arkansas Razorbacks 71-67 in overtime in Rupp Arena Thursday night.
Kentucky, down 37-30 at halftime, opened up the second half with a dunk by Willie Cauley-Stein, cutting Arkansas’ lead to 5. But Michael Qualls quickly answered with a three, extending the Razorbacks’ lead to 8 points. Kentucky hit its first three of the game with 12:15 left in the second half, getting within 4 points, the closest it had been since 11:13 left in the first half, but Arkansas immediately answered with a three of its own to extend the lead back to 7 points.
A James Young steal and layup with 9:57 left cut the lead to 2 points.
Five possessions later, Kentucky tied the game after Randle made 1 of 2 free throws. A Willie Cauley-Stein dunk (his 6th of the night) following a missed Andrew Harrison layup finally gave Kentucky the lead, their first since the 12:38 mark of the first half.
With 29.6 seconds left in regulation, Arkansas tied the game 60-60. A missed runner by Andrew Harrison with 6 seconds left was rebounded by Arkansas. Alandise Harris missed a desperation heave at the buzzer.
Arkansas struck first in overtime on a Coty Clarke three. Kentucky responded with a made bucket by Randle but he couldn’t make the free throw to tie the game.
Arkansas expanded the lead to 5 points with 36.7 seconds left, hitting their 13 straight free throw. A James Young three cut the lead to 2. UK subsequently forced Arkansas to use its final timeout with 27.0 seconds left in overtime. Kentucky was unable to force a turnover and former walk-on Kikko Haydar drained two free throws to expand Arkansas’ lead to 4 points, 71-67, the final score of the game.
Vinnie will be by later with a full recap.