Macon shoots Hogs past ‘Dawgs in thriller

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) _ Daryl Macon sank three 3-pointers in the second overtime and
scored 25 points, lifting Arkansas to an 80-77 win over Georgia on Tuesday
night.

Jaylen Barford added 24 points for Arkansas (14-6, 4-4 Southeastern
Conference), which rallied after trailing by 16 points in the first half. Macon
padded the lead with two free throws with 1.2 seconds remaining.

Yante Maten, who led Georgia (12-7, 3-5) with 26 points, had a shot blocked
under the basket by Trey Thompson with 2 seconds remaining in the second
overtime.

Macon's second 3-pointer of the second overtime gave the Razorbacks a 75-73
lead. William ``Turtle'' Jackson answered with a go-ahead 3 for Georgia before
Macon sank yet another 3, giving Arkansas a 78-76 lead.

Maten made one of two free throws to cut the Arkansas lead to one point with 41
seconds to go.

Anton Beard's jumper with 28 seconds remaining in regulation gave the
Razorbacks a 63-61 lead before two free throws by Jordan Harris forced the first
overtime.

Georgia's Nicolas Claxton blocked a shot by Barford to leave the first overtime
tied at 69.

Maten, the SEC scoring leader, won the scoring showdown with Barford, who is
third overall and the SEC's top scorer in league games.

Barford, who recorded his third straight game with at least 23 points, opened
the second half with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer.

Arkansas shooters struggled early, making only three of their first 17 shots as
Georgia used a 9-0 run to lead 24-9. Georgia led 29-13 before being outscored
15-4 and making only one shot from the field in the final six minutes of the
half.

Led by Barford, the Razorbacks finally found their shot, making eight of nine
shots from the field the remainder of the half, cutting the Bulldogs' lead to
33-28 at the break.

The Arkansas comeback continued in the opening minutes of the second half.
Barford's second 3-pointer of the half gave the Razorbacks their first lead at
38-37.

Arkansas led 58-53 before Georgia pulled even on Maten's two free throws and
3-pointer. Juwan Parker's soft jumper gave Georgia the 60-58 lead.

Macon's 3-pointer tied the game at 61-all. He made 5 of 10 3s overall.

BIG PICTURE

Arkansas: The Razorbacks finally won their first road game. They had been 0-4
in true road games, including 0-3 in the SEC. Arkansas took gambles on defense
and pressured Georgia's ball-handler in attempts to create turnovers. The
strategy sometimes left shooters open, especially early in the first half. ...
Daniel Gafford, the 6-foot-11 freshman, was scoreless in 27 minutes.

Georgia: The Bulldogs have damaged their NCAA Tournament hopes by losing four
of five, including two straight home conference games against unranked teams _
South Carolina and Arkansas. The Bulldogs needed a win over Arkansas, with a No.
32 RPI, to boost their hopes. Looking for better size, coach Mark Fox
substituted freshman Rayshaun Hammonds for Teshaun Hightower in his starting
lineup.

UP NEXT

Arkansas: Hosts Oklahoma State on Saturday.

Georgia: at Kansas State on Saturday.

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