NASHVILLE, Tenn. - JD Notae has his best game as a Razorback, scoring 27 points, but none was bigger than his desperation bank shot in the lane with 1:07 left to lead #8 Arkansas to a 70-64 victory over Missouri in the SEC quarterfinal Friday night at Bridgestone Arena.
Arkansas, the SEC second seed, wins its 12th straight versus an SEC opponent and improves to 22-5. The Razorbacks also improve to 15-2 all-time when playing in the SEC quarterfinal. Mizzou, the seventh seed, falls to 16-9.
Notae single-handedly kept Arkansas in the game by scoring 15 of the Hogs' 32 points in the first half. Also, Ethan Henderson gave Arkansas a huge lift in the first half to spark a comeback.
The second half belonged to Justin Smith, who scored 13 of his 16 points in the period and he pulled down all eight of his rebounds in the frame.
Moses Moody was held in check by the Tigers, scoring just five points. However, he tied Smith with eight rebounds, had a blocked shot and he took five charges. Overall, Arkansas took nine charges to off-set tying its season-high by committing 20 turnovers.
Arkansas will play the winner of LSU/Ole Miss in the SEC semifinals on Saturday (Mar. 13). Tipoff is set for approximately 2:30 pm and the game will be televised on ESPN.