Razorbacks come back from 17-point deficit to down Mavs

Arkansas moved to 3-0 for the fourth time in the last five years after erasing a 17-point first-half deficit to beat Texas-Arlington, 71-67, Friday night inside Bud Walton Arena.

The win is the first after trailing by more than 10 points at the half since beating Georgia 72-68 on the road on Feb. 3, 2010.

The Razorbacks improved to 49-2 against non-conference opponents inside Bud Walton Arena under Anderson.

UT-Arlington used an 11-0 run to start the game to get ahead of Arkansas early. Down 17 with 12:37 left in the opening half, Arkansas went on a 15-3 run of its own, including 10 free throws, to bring the game within four.

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The Mavs sank a trio of three pointers late in the half to extend their lead and eventually take an 11-point lead to the locker room.

The Razorbacks responded fast in the second half, using a 20-2 run to take a 52-45 lead. Junior guard Jaylen Barford used a steal and one-handed slam to bring Bud Walton alive and give Arkansas its first lead of the contest.

Barford finished 6-of-12 from the field, scoring a career-high 17 points to go with six boards and two assists.

Despite shooting 2-of-10 from the field, Dusty Hannahs scored 11 points to extend his streak of double figure scoring games to 11 dating back to last season.

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Junior guard Anton Beard was big off the bench, scoring all 12 of his points in the second half, including a late jumper with the shot clock winding down to extend the Arkansas lead to five with less than a minute to go

Through three games this season, Beard has recorded 11 assists against only one turnover.

Arkansas finished 24-of-32 from the free throw line and forced UT Arlington into a season-high 18 turnovers.

“This was a good test for our basketball team and I thought they responded well because they did it with their defense. In the end, we made free throws and we had guys make plays down the stretch.” — Mike Anderson

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“I think the steals helped out a lot because it picked up our whole energy. We fed off of defense and emphasized it the whole time. Every timeout and dead ball, we were talking about defense.” — junior guard Jaylen Barford

Arkansas will go on the road for the first time this season, as the Razorbacks will face the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. inside Williams Arena in Minneapolis.