FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — With Missouri precariously positioned in both the SEC standings and in terms of the team’s upcoming schedule, Bud Walton Arena may have been the last place Frank Haith wanted his team to play Tuesday night.
Missouri was in the middle of the pack and had lost all six games in the arena dating back to its open in 1993. Haith’s team was shaking off back-to-back road losses, including one to undermanned Vanderbilt in Nashville. But Jabari Brown and Earnest Ross each scored 24 points and both converted crucial free throws to clinch a 75-71 win over Arkansas and former head coach Mike Anderson.
There were multiple stretches in the game where the Tigers looked like they may have made easy work of the Razorbacks. Ross flushed a dunk off a Jordan Clarkson steal to extend the Tigers’ lead to 33-23 with five minutes to play in the first half.