Jefferson’s two free throws with 9.3 seconds remaining provided the final margin as
Arkansas led by 14 three times in the second half, but the Tigers made four of their nine three-point buckets in the final 5:13 and actually took a 61-60 lead on Jason Horton’s trey with 1:24 to play.
The Razorbacks (5-2) reclaimed the lead with Modica scoring inside and completing the three-point play after getting fouled. A Ronnie Brewer free throw gave the Hogs a 64-61 lead, but he missed the second and Eric Ferguson missed two free throws with 17.4 seconds to go.
With 9.3 seconds to go, Jefferson, who was four-of-four in the final 1:06 of last year’s 62-52 win at
Ahead 34-26 at the half, an 8-0 run, including five points by Modica, gave the Razorbacks a 46-32 advantage with 12:29 left. Marshall Brown hit a three for the Tigers, but Charles Thomas answered with a three of his own to push the margin back to 14.
Brewer made six-of-12 shots and finished with a game-high 20 points to go with four rebounds, four assists and two steals. Modica shot 50 percent from the field for the sixth time in seven games, going seven-of-13 to finish with 19 points.
Thomas had 11 points and four rebounds. Darian Townes had eight points and seven rebounds. The leading shot blocker in the Southeastern Conference coming in with 2.33 per game, he had six rejections.
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