Arkansas scored the first eight points of the second half to pull away en route to an 80-67 victory over visiting Charlotte.
The 49ers trailed by 13 at the half before the Razorbacks ran off eight straight points to start the second half. The lead would reach as high as 23 before Charlotte battled back in the closing minutes.
“It’s a great lesson for us,” said head coach Alan Major. “You’ve got to do the little things for the entire 40 minutes. To their credit they did that. But we’ll learn from this. We’ll bounce back. A lot of ball left and we’ll continue to grow.”
DeMario Mayfield notched his third double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds while Javarris Barnett, Derrio Green and KJ Sherrill all added 11 points, as well. Barnett added five rebounds, Green hit 3-of-6 three-pointers and Sherrill was 4-of-5 from the field.
Charlotte (7-4) shot 35% for the game, including 28% in the first half as they dug that 13-point halftime hole. Charlotte only committed seven first half turnovers against the Razorbacks’ high-pressure defense, but had five in their first eight possessions of the second half to aid the key Arkansas run.
Trailing by 23 with 5:52 to play, the 49ers fought back thanks to their own turnover-causing defense to climb back to within 11, 77-66, with 00:31 left.
The loss is the 49ers second straight – and dropped the 49ers to 0-4 when they allow an opponent to shoot over 41%. The 80 points scored by Arkansas are the most the 49ers have allowed this season.
Arkansas (9-3) was led by Rickey Scott who scored 23 points and added six rebounds, five assists and two steals. Nine different Razorbacks scored and Arkansas had 20 assists on their 26 baskets while Charlotte managed just nine assists and finished with 17 turnovers. Arkansas won the boards, 48-40 and they blocked seven shots.
Charlotte stays on the road to play at Memphis, Saturday, in the final road non-conference game of the season.