Arkansas 100, Tulsa 98
RimRockers Edge 66ers in Final Seconds
TULSA, Okla., Jan. 7 – The RimRockers bounced back from an overtime loss in Tulsa on Friday to grab their 10th win, a 100-98 thriller over the 66ers on Saturday.
It took several big shots from Arkansas’ Kareem Reid, who finished with a team high 22 points, to help Arkansas overcome an amazing individual effort from 66ers guard Desmon Farmer, who scored a game high 39 points and also grabbed four rebounds.
The first period featured a series of runs by both teams. Arkansas came out hot, starting the game on an 11-2 roll before Tulsa ran off a 5-1 stretch of their. However, Arkansas guard Clay Tucker hit a long 3-pointer and pushed the RimRockers lead back to 10 at 17-7.
It was then that Farmer started to put on a show, hitting a 3-pointer to close out a 9-0 run that pulled Tulsa within one at 17-16 with 3:26 remaining in the first.
Tulsa finally pulled even at the 26 second mark of the first quarter on a long jumper from Ilyasova, putting the score at 22-22. But, Arkansas guard Myron Allen, who finished with 10 points, hit a runner in the lane as time expired and Arkansas had a 24-22 lead at the end of the first.
Arkansas' big men, James Lang and Shawnson Johnson, tried to take charge early pushing the Arkansas lead to 28-22. Farmer did his best to keep Tulsa in the game, scoring eight consecutive points to keep Tulsa close.
It was Arkansas’ shooter Matt Walsh, who finished with 15 points and four rebounds, that caught fire, hitting three 3-pointers in a row to give the RimRockers a 46-36 with 3:42 to play in the half.
Farmer and Tulsa would end the half on a 12-3 run and go in to the locker room down 51-48. Farmer ended the half with 26 points.
Arkansas forward Pape Sow led Arkansas on an 8-4 run to start the second half. But as was the case all night, Farmer kept Tulsa in the game hitting a 3-pointer to close the gap to four.
The game went back and forth from there. With just over 2:00 left in the game, Reid hit a runner to put the RimRockers up 96-91. Farmer kept the 66ers close hitting a driving layup. Tulsa’s forward, Otis George, followed with a put-back dunk assisted by Will Conroy to pull the 66ers within one at 96-95. But, once again, Reid hit a jumper and Arkansas went into the final minute up by three.
Farmer hit a layup and drew a foul on Sow with 20 seconds left and hit the free throw, tying the game at 98-98.
But Reid sent everyone home, driving to the hole and hitting a layup with one second left to give Arkansas a 100-98 win.