Earnest Ross and Jabari Brown scored 24 points each as Missouri earned its first win in Bud Walton Arena with a 75-71 victory over Arkansas on Tuesday night.
Mizzou went 22 of 27 from the free throw line including a perfect 16 for 16 in the second half and outrebounded the Hogs 42-26. Jonathan Williams III pulled down 12 rebounds, but was a miserable 1 for 8 shooting. All eight shots came right around the basket. Tony Criswell was 0 for 4 from close range. The Tigers would have easily had a double-digit victory if those two could figure out how to make even half of those short chip shots.
Brown scored 19 points in the second half, while Ross hit a late 3-pointner to give Missouri a 67-64 lead — leading to the game-clinching free throws. Jordan Clarkson added 11 points for the Tigers.
The win is also Missouri’s first since 1971 in Fayetteville. At 16-4, 4-3, the Tigers will host Kentucky on Saturday. The Razorbacks fall to 13-7, 2-5, as they were held 12 points below their season average. Arkansas entered the game leading the SEC in scoring, but shot just 39% for the game.