SEC: Don’t look now, but here come the Hogs

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Don’t look now, but Arkansas is trying to put itself in position for NCAA consideration. Mike Anderson’s club held on to beat visiting Georgia 62-60 last night at Bud Walton Arena for the Hogs’ fifth victory in their last six games.

Arkansas (17-9, 8-5) won its third in a row thanks in large part to Anthlon Bell, a little-used freshman who came off the bench to score a game-high and career-high 17 points. Bell hit six of his 10 shots, including five of eight from behind the three-point line.

B.J. Young hit the scoop shot that won it for Arkansas with six seconds left, which spoiled a Georgia comeback. The Bulldogs trailed by 10 at the half. It had to be an especially tough loss for Georgia coach Mark Fox, whose team lost in overtime at Ole Miss last Saturday after a controversial finish to regulation.

“Our team has been through quite a bit this year,” Bulldogs coach Mark Fox said. “We’re starting to grow up and become pretty competitive. We were just one play short tonight.”

As for Arkansas, the Razorbacks now travel to Florida on Saturday. Those are the same Gators the Hogs upset 80-69 on February 5 in Fayetteville.

“We’re finding ways to win. That’s what good teams do,” said Arkansas coach Mike Anderson. “We continue to get better. We continue to have other guys step in and really help our basketball team win. That’s a good thing. This game was played at Georgia’s pace and we found a way to win. That’s a good sign.”

Kentucky visits Bud Walton on March 2. And Arkansas is now a perfect 7-0 at home in league play.

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