Graves, The Associated Press February 26, at p. Out of sorts for 22 minutes, the Wildcats , Southeastern Conference quickly regrouped behind Herro, who finished 5 of 6 from behind the arc and 9 of 10 overall.
His long-range baskets 43 seconds apart sparked an run over , and the freshman guard capped the spurt with another 3 for a lead. Arkansas , stayed within a couple of possessions over the final seven minutes but couldn't break through.
Kentucky got clutch free throws in the last 26 seconds from PJ Washington, Herro and Hagans, who made two with 1. Keldon Johnson added 13 points, and Nick Richards came off the bench to grab 15 rebounds for the Wildcats, who shot 50 percent from the field. Isaiah Joe had 19 points and Desi Sills 15 for the Razorbacks, who shot 31 percent in the second half and lost their sixth in a row.
All of the things that worked in the first half fell apart in the second, costing them a huge win that also left them at. Kentucky: The late-evening start might have contributed to their sluggishness, but the Wildcats found a way out of it to win the tuneup for this weekend's showdown at Tennessee.
Richards' rebounding provided a edge, and his inside presence was key in shutting down the Hogs. That led to chances for Herro that paid off with 17 points after the break.
Kentucky visits No. The Wildcats won the previous meeting on Feb. Herro scored 17 in the second half alone. The Razorbacks have now lost six consecutive games entering Saturday's national championship team celebration day.
Arkansas falls to and in league play.
More from tonight's game later on WholeHogSports. Kentucky 68, Arkansas 66 - 1 second left Jalen Harris made the first free throw, missed the second intentionally but the miss did not even draw iron, so possession to Kentucky.
On the ensuing inbounds pass, Kentucky got away with a walk on the baseline and the pass appeared to go off a Wildcats arm, but officials determined it did not. Kentucky 68, Arkansas 65 - 5 seconds left Herro buries a pair of free throws to give the Cats a 3-point lead.
John Calipari calls for time, which allows Arkansas to set something up. The Razorbacks are out of timeouts. Kentucky 66, Arkansas 65 - 9 seconds left Up four after a PJ Washington split at the line, Mason Jones knocks down a 3-pointer to cut the Wildcats' lead to one.
Mike Anderson calls for time. Jones has nine points on the night and is 2-of-4 from deep.
Kentucky 60, Arkansas 57 - left Tyler Herro, who John Calipari said is playing with a strained right ankle, has scored 27 points tonight on 9-of from the floor.
He's scored 15 in the second half and singlehandedly brought the Wildcats back to life. He has eight since halftime. Isaiah Joe has been fairly quiet in the second half with just three points on 1-of-3 shooting.
Arkansas 51, Kentucky 51 - left A run by the Wildcats over the last six and a half minutes has this game tied. Tyler Herro has 10 second-half points and Keldon Johnson has six more on 3-of-6 from the floor.
PJ Washington also just got his first bucket of the second half to go to tie the game.
Arkansas is 4-of-8 from 3 since the break and 0-of-7 inside the arc. Gafford has just one shot since halftime. Jalen Harris is 0-of-3 and has missed all seven shots tonight. Isaiah Joe has a team-high Should be an interesting final seven-plus minutes to say the least.
Arkansas 51, Kentucky 44 - left Isaiah Joe hit another big 3 late in the shot clock and Mason Jones added his first triple of the night in a huge spot after Kentucky cut the Arkansas lead to six. Razorbacks can't get complacent with the 3-point shot in the second half.
All four of their makes from the floor are from deep and they're 0-of-5 inside the arc. Continuing to be aggressive attacking the rim and the glass is a must.
Another plus for Arkansas - 12 assists against just two turnovers.
Tyler Herro is up to 20 points on 7-of-8 from the floor and 4-of-5 from deep. He's the only Wildcats player with more than nine points. Arkansas 45, Kentucky 36 - left Kentucky will be at the line when play resumes. Daniel Gafford blocked Keldon Johnson's layup attempt at the rim then missed a layup of his own on Arkansas' ensuing possession.
Osabuohien out with four fouls and Adrio Bailey is in. Razorbacks haven't scored in nearly three minutes. Arkansas needs a bucket soon to calm things down a bit and keep the crowd from reaching fever pitch. Arkansas 45, Kentucky 36 - left Desi Sills opened the second half with a pair of 3-pointers to push the Razorbacks' lead to , but a quick Kentucky run capped with a Tyler Herro dunk has the Wildcats and the crowd into it again.
Sills and Joe have been special tonight. Joe has 16 points and Sills 13 on a combined 7-of from 3-point range. Jalen Harris already 0-of-2 from the floor in the second half. Isaiah Joe lit the Wildcats up for 16 points on a sizzling 4-of-5 from deep and 5-of-7 from the floor.
He also finished the half with three assists and a steal, which led to a Reggie Chaney dunk on the other end. Chaney has eight points to aid Joe, Desi Sills has seven and Gafford six, including a bucket right before the end of the half.
Tyler Herro leads the Wildcats with 12 points on 4-of-5 from the floor and is the only Kentucky player with more than four points. PJ Washington, who hasn't scored fewer than 15 points since late January, has four points on 1-of-2 from the floor.
He, as well as most of the Wildcats' forwards, have been a nonfactor. Kentucky turned the ball over 12 times in the first half, which resulted in 14 Arkansas points.
Points in the paint heavily favors the Razorbacks, too. The Wildcats have been a very perimeter-oriented offense tonight and haven't been able to break down the Hogs off the bounce.
Twenty minutes of great basketball from Arkansas. Now, like Anderson talks about often, it's about finishing. Arkansas 28, Kentucky 21 - left first half Have to give a ton of credit to guys like Reggie Chaney and Desi Sills for bringing it tonight.
Chaney has eight points, his most in a game since Jan. Sills has seven points as well and has been aggressive attacking the rim off the bounce.
PJ Washington picked up his second foul to take us to the final media timeout of the first half. Still only the one turnover for Arkansas to this point. Tyler Herro is the lone pulse offensively for Kentucky.