Georgia sees their slim tournament hopes take a hit with an 87-75 road loss to Arkansas. The Bulldogs remain alone in third place in the SEC Standings at 10-6 but are just one game ahead of the Razorbacks and Tennessee with two games left to play.
The Bulldogs got off to a great start on Saturday and were able to weather Arkansas' pressure defense early. Kenny Gaines had an outstanding day offensively and knocked down his first four looks from three-point range. Georgia led 35-28 with 5:24 remaining. The Razorbacks came roaring back with a 16-2 run to end the half and take a 44-37 lead into the intermission.
The struggles continued in the second half as turnovers combined with a physical defense from Arkansas derailed Georgia. Mark Fox was whistled for a technical early in the second half after a no call on a layup by Marcus Thornton. Arkansas continued to control the pace and the game and eventually stretched the lead to 15 points at 60-45 with 11:51 remaining.
The Bulldogs didn't go away quietly as an 8-0 run pulled them back to within just seven points. Gaines cut the lead to just five with a pair of free throws at the 4:43 mark but five straight points from Arkansas sandwiched around another Georgia turnover put the lead back to 10.
Gaines led all scorers with 25 points on 7-11 shooting including 6-9 from three-point range. Marcus Thornton finished with 13 points and six rebounds while Brandon Morris added 11. It was a tough day for Charles Mann who finished with six points, four assists and six turnovers. Mann and Morris accounted for 13 of Georgia's 16 turnovers on the afternoon.
Coty Clarke finished with 23 points and Michael Qualls added 20 to lead the Razorbacks.
The Bulldogs wrap up the regular season next week with a home contest on Wednesday against Mississippi State and a road trip to LSU on Saturday.