NCAAB Game Recap - Tulsa at Arkansas
Sat Dec 14, 2019 1:30 PM EST

E KY
67
Lou
99
F
UMKC
57
Kansas
98
F
Oreg
71
Mich
70
F(OT)
Gonz
84
Ariz
80
F
GaTec
53
KY
67
F
StLou
61
Aub
67
F
Mem
51
Tenn
47
F
Drake
47
Dayt
78
F
MSU
72
Oakl
49
F
South
41
Butl
66
F
Del
70
Vill
78
F
Seton
48
Rut
68
F
Xav
78
Wake
80
F
KansSt
61
MisSt
67
F
IPFW
65
IUPUI
74
F
App
81
How
59
F
Syr
79
GTown
89
F
Princ
80
FaDi
65
F
Dart
76
Boston
78
F
(N/A)
60
Elon
91
F
Tuls
79
Ark
98
F
Nich
57
WVU
83
F
NJIT
71
StFNY
73
F
TN-M
72
UNCA
91
F
(N/A)
79
Jacksn
93
F
IL-C
65
DeP
86
F
HolyC
72
Canis
80
F
CenMI
76
Tex
87
F
LongI
74
Rider
89
F
Duques
71
Radf
49
F
Alab
71
PSU
73
F
AlaAM
74
Mia-FL
88
F
Morg
68
LaSal
85
F
Merrim
63
Hartfo
71
F
NCC
71
CoCar
91
F
Army
89
Buff
76
F
UCLA
61
ND
75
F
Lamar
50
TCU
79
F
AF
79
Denv
75
F
NFla
72
SoMis
69
F
MidTN
64
Miss
82
F
Toled
80
Detr
72
F
Web
49
Utah
60
F
UCSB
61
S UT
62
F
(N/A)
50
StBon
75
F
HiPt
64
FlAtl
81
F
Campbl
67
ECU
79
F
Mayv
60
SDak
96
F
Sac
58
SCla
60
F
USF
91
CS-Ful
69
F
ULLa
59
LaTec
77
F
Charl
71
Rich
78
F
Winth
73
Furm
80
F
ArkPB
46
OrSt
80
F
AlSt
57
Bois
100
F
Okla
75
WichSt
80
F
OlDom
55
Ill
69
F
Stan
78
SJSU
58
F
CSBak
70
Ida
76
F(OT)
NMSt
62
NM
69
F
Evans
72
WIGB
62
F
Niag
80
Albany
84
F
W MI
59
Manh
58
F
Colg
67
Cin
66
F
WilBa
59
NOrl
103
F
(N/A)
54
Gram
82
F
CenAR
79
Pepp
92
F
BYU
68
UtSt
64
F
UGA
59
AzSt
79
F
E IL
75
WIMil
68
F
Lib
61
Vand
56
F
HBU
84
Rice
96
F
(N/A)
57
Oral
69
F
Stony
78
Prov
82
F
(N/A)
63
UAB
75
F
N CO
74
Wyo
53
F
ULMo
59
SFA
66
F
NoAZ
79
UtVal
73
F
Fres
62
CAPoly
37
F
BethC
68
CBap
87
F
UCDav
54
USD
58
F
(N/A)
63
UCIrv
120
F
StMar
89
Cal
77
F

Arkansas 98, Tulsa 79

Dec 14, 2019, 1:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Tulsa (8-3)

34

45

79

Arkansas (9-1)

50

48

98

Jones scores 41 points as Arkansas defeats Tulsa 98-79
Sat Dec 14, 2019 5:34 PM

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) With a week to think about his worst shooting performance of the season, Arkansas junior guard Mason Jones said he just focused on one thing heading into Saturday's game against Tulsa: Bounce back.

Jones shot 1-of-9 from the floor in an 86-79 road loss to Western Kentucky last Saturday when he scored just 8 points in Arkansas' first loss of the season.

It was a complete reversal against Tulsa as Jones hit his first shot of the game, a 3-pointer 57 seconds in and finished with a career-high 41 as the Razorbacks rolled to a 98-79 win.

"I'm just glad we were able to bounce back and get the win," Jones said. "That was all I thought about this week - bounce back. It was good to see that my energy led the way and it started off early. I wanted to let them know that I'm here and I want to set the tone. I knew when I set the tone good, the team would follow."

Arkansas (9-1) built a 16-point first-half lead, then held off a Tulsa run midway through the second half that saw the Razorbacks' lead trimmed to single-digits.

Jones did his damage in a variety of ways, including five 3-pointers and three three-point plays on slashing drives to the basket. He also had six rebounds, four assists and four steals.

"His practice habits this week were awesome," Arkansas coach Eric Musselman said. "He was locked in. I thought he was really good defensively. I thought he did a great job of mixing up perimeter shots with three-balls. As important as anything was his 13 free throws attempted, but he got it going tonight."

Jones did not do it alone. Fellow backcourt mate Isaiah Joe scored 20 points and hit three of his first four 3-point attempts to help the Razorbacks grab an early double-digit lead that swelled to as much as 16 points with a little over 12 minutes remaining in the first half.

Joe, who was 8-of-14 from the floor and had four 3-pointers, said the week between games was big to help the team recharge from the loss to Western Kentucky.

"The more time, the better," Joe said. "You get a longer time to work on new sets, work on all the mistakes you made in the last game. Having a week off, it gives our body time to recuperate and get as much treatment as possible and get a lot of shots up."

Tulsa (8-3) rallied midway through the second half and pulled within nine points at 68-59 on Darien Jackson's breakaway layup with 11:49 left, but Jones had an answer, going on a personal 10-0 run that bumped Arkansas' lead to 81-61 with 8:07 left. In the run, Jones had a three-point play, a 3-pointer and four straight free throws.

Tulsa coach Frank Haith said his team had no answer for Joe and Jones.

"They got it going early and we just could not stop them," Haith said. "I thought when we cut it to nine, we were playing a lot more aggressive, but then we hit a stretch there were we didn't score and they got it going again."

Elijah Joner led Tulsa with 19 points and Martins Igbanu finished with 18.

BALL PROTECTION

Arkansas had only two first-half turnovers and just eight for the game. It's an area Musselman said his team will need to continue to focus on with just two nonconference games left on the schedule before heading into SEC play on Jan. 4.

"Valuing the ball is so important," Musselman said. "I even talked to the team, and I know my dad would be rolling over thinking about it, but I'd rather take a bad shot rather than turn the ball over. We use a soccer term - shots on goal. We have to get shots on goal. They at least have a chance to go in. And your defense can get set up. When you have live-ball turnovers, it's really difficult to win."

BUZZER-BEATER

With just five seconds left in the first half, Jones got the ball near midcourt and launched a shot at the buzzer that hit the back of the iron and bounced high above the backboard before coming back down through the rim for a 50-34 lead.

Jones thought he was also fouled on the play but didn't get the call.

HE SAID IT

Jones was 12-of-13 from the free-throw line, but missed his last attempt to break his string. Even with a comfortable lead and a 41-point scoring night, he was still thinking about that one miss.

"I pride myself on not missing free throws, so that hurt," he said with a laugh.

UP NEXT

Tulsa plays at Colorado State on Saturday.

Arkansas hosts Valparaiso in Little Rock on Saturday.

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Leaders

Tulsa PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
E. Ugboh 0 0 1 1 0 0
G. Christopoulos 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arkansas PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
E. Obukwelu 0 0 0 0 0 0
T. Stevens 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

Tuls Ark
Points For 79 98
Field Goals 28/64-44% 34/60-57%
Three Pointers 4/18-22% 11/30-37%
Free Throws 19/27-70% 19/29-66%
Offensive Rebounds 14 5
Defensive Rebounds 25 26
Rebounds 45 32
Blocks 1 7
Steals 5 12
Turnovers 13 8
Personal Fouls 23 22
Technical Fouls 1 1
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Ark Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Dec 14 Tuls 79 @ Ark 98 L. Korita 2 J. Harris 4

Game Information

Stadium: Bud Walton Arena, Fayetteville, Arkansas
Attendance: 15,589
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