Feb. 11, 2004
By ELIZABETH A. DAVIS
AP Sports Writer
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - C.J. Watson hit a 3-pointer with 1:05 left and Tennessee held on to beat Arkansas 69-65 Wednesday night.
Scooter McFadgon scored 19 points, including two free throws in the final minute, while Watson added 14 points and Brandon Crump had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Volunteers (12-8, 4-5 Southeastern Conference), who snapped a two-game losing streak.
Tennessee led by nine with 6:34 to go, but Matt Jones hit a 3 to start a 13-2 run for Arkansas (11-10, 3-7). Ronnie Brewer's breakaway layup following a Tennessee turnover with 2:55 left gave the Razorbacks a 65-63 lead.
After several missed shots by both teams, Watson sank the 3-pointer from the corner. Arkansas couldn't score again and tried to stop the clock by fouling.
McFadgon went to the line with 25.3 seconds left, and Crump sank the first of two free throws with 12.7 seconds to go to seal it.
The Razorbacks are 0-6 on the road in the SEC but came close to breaking their losing streak despite shooting 36.8 percent from the field (25-of-68). Arkansas has lost four straight to the Vols.
Tennessee's defense was shaky at times, and the Vols had trouble finishing shots inside.
McFadgon scored 15 of his points in the first half - all on 3-pointers. He was scoreless in the second half until he made a jumper with 4:39 to go after Tennessee had built a nine-point lead.
McFadgon, who leads the league by averaging 21 points in SEC games, was not wearing protective padding over his shooting hand for the first time since December.
Arkansas had tied it at 50 with 10 minutes left, but the Vols went on a 9-0 run.
The Razorbacks were led in scoring by Olu Famutimi with a career-high 18 points. Michael Jones added 13 and Billy Pharis and Jonathan Modica each scored 11.
Modica scored all his points in the first half while Brewer, who was averaging 13 points a game, didn't score until he hit two free throws with 4:58 remaining. He finished with five points.