Rotnei Clarke had 32 points on 10-18 shooting, including 10 three pointers against the Buccaneers of East Tennessee, but the Hogs could not solve the Buccaneers zone on offense, or stop them from the perimeter on defense, and the Hogs lost their second straight game at Bud Walton Arena 94-85.
Arkansas got out to an early lead Friday night, and led by as many as 9 points early on before East Tennessee State went on a run to close the first half to lead the Hogs by 16 points at halftime.
The Buccaneers connected on an impressive 78.6% from the three point line for the game, and the Hogs were out-rebounded once again Friday night, losing the battle of the boards 36-23.
Arkansas battled back in the second half, and closed to within 6 points on a three pointer by Clarke with 8:14 left to play in regulation, but that was as close as the Razorbacks would get.
East Tennessee State was led by an impressive performance by Junior Tommy Hubbard with 32 points. Hubbard scored from the perimeter, was 9-12 from the free throw line, and continually posted up Arkansas smaller players to score inside on the way to his career high scoring performance.
Arkansas falls to 2-3 on the season, and will take on John Pelphrey’s former team, South Alabama on Sunday before traveling to Oklahoma to take on the Sooners next week.