Arkansas overcame a slow start but couldn’t score enough in the second half and the Hogs fell to Georgia Tech 69-65. It’s the first time the Hogs have lost back-to-back games at Bud Walton since 2012, and the first time they lost consecutive non-conference home games since 2010.
Mason Jones led the Hogs with 17 points, with almost all of those coming from deep. Daniel Gafford had 14 but fouled out for the first time this season.
It was an awful start for the Hogs, who found themselves down 15-4 after a 1/11 start from the field. Some were good looks but nothing fell. Isaiah Joe had a few open looks that didn’t fall. Gafford’s hook to start the game was the only shot that fell.
The Hogs clawed back into the game making 10 of their next 13 shots and turning up the pressure on defense. Neither team handled the ball particularly well as both teams turned the ball over a lot. The Yellow Jackets had 20 on the night and Arkansas had 16.
After all of that the Hogs held a one point lead at halftime. After a transition three from Desi Sills the Hogs had a 43-38 lead. But the Hogs went on a huge cold spell again, missing their next eight shots and Tech regained the lead. The two teams went back and forth throughout the remainder of the game before Tech’s final spurt down the stretch.