ARKANSAS USES STRONG SECOND HALFTO BREAK AWAY FROM TIGERS
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. --- Tennessee State saw host Arkansas breakaway from a six-point lead five minutes into the second half on the way to handing the Tigers a 96-68 defeat Thursday night. The game was the first of two consecutive contests for the Tigers (5-5) against Southeastern Conference opponents. Arkansas improves to 7-1. "We cut the game to six points and then we just fell apart," said TSU coach Cy Alexander. "We have to learn to maintain our mental focus in this kind of environment. We were right there, but we missed way too many easy shots. You can't beat a good team like Arkansas when you don't take advantage of any of the opportunities that you have." Arkansas came out of the gates fast, hitting their first three 3-point field goal attempts and would add just one more the rest of the game. The Tigers fought back to stay close and trailed 43-39 at halftime. TSU would come out in the second half and cut the deficit to 51-45 near the 15-minute mark. However, that would be the closest the Tigers would get as the Razorbacks went on a 17-6 run over the next six minutes and then cruise the rest of the way to the win. The final margin of victory would be Arkansas' largest lead of the game. TSU was led by Rod Flowers with 17 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. It was Flowers sixth double-double of the season. Wayne Arnold scored 14 points and Roshaun Bowens 13. TSU was 27-of-74 from the field for 36.5 percent and hit 4-of-23 3-point attempts. Arkansas was led by freshman Darian Townes who made 10-of-13 field goals off the bench and led all scorers with 20 points. Arkansas finished the game 35-of-64 for 55 percent. The Tigers play at Alabama Saturday at 6 p.m.