Arkansas won its first true road game of the season, its fourth-straight SEC game and evened its conference record to 5-5 (16-7 overall).
While Arkansas led for 34:27, compared to 3:45 by the Gamecocks, the Razorbacks saw a 12-point second-half lead slip away thanks to a 10-0 South Carolina run. Josh Gray capped the run with two free throws for a 59-58 Gamecocks lead with 4:03 to play. Black ended the run with a pair of free throws.
Gray answered with a jumper to put USC back on top by one with 2:36 left. Council came back with a nifty finger roll in the lane to put the Hogs back on top. However, Gray once again answered with a dunk.
On the ensuing possession, Black gave Arkansas another one-point lead (64-63) with a layup with 1:21 left. Neither team scored until Black sank a free throw with two seconds left to provide the final score, 65-63.
Jalen Graham led Arkansas with 16 points off the bench. Davonte Davis tied his career-high with four 3-pointers for the second straight game and scored 15 points. Black and Council added 13 and 10, respectively. Jordan Walsh tied his career high with 10 rebounds.
"We needed this win," Graham said. "Our coach was talking about road rage, just having rage, we need this win, so we’re all happy. We’re all just glad we got the dub. No one really cares about the stats or what happened or how we got it."
Gray and Meechie Johnson each scored 20 for USC and Hayden Brown had 10. The Gamecocks’ leading scorer, Gregory “GG” Jackson II only managed nine points.
""We did a great job limiting his field goals attempted as he only got eight attempts in 33 minutes," said Musselman. "We kept him off the offensive glass, which I was a little worried about being we assigned Devo Davis to him in the first half. Then we made the switch later on in the game to have Ricky slide over to GG Jackson and have Devo guard Meechie Johnson."
Arkansas stays on the road to face Kentucky in Rupp Arena on Tuesday (Feb. 7). Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPN and fuboTV .
FIRST HALF: Arkansas 36, South Carolina: 27
• Down one (10-9), Arkansas used a 14-2 run to take an 11-point lead (23-12), making 6-of-7 field goals and holding the Gamecocks to 1-of-8 shooting.
• Jalen Graham led Arkansas with 12 points and Jordan Walsh had five rebounds.
• Josh Gray had 12 points and seven rebounds to lead USC.
• While the rebounds were even at 16, South Carolina had eight offensive rebounds.
• Arkansas shot 57.7 percent while holding South Carolina to 33.3 percent.
SECOND HALF: Arkansas 29, South Carolina 36
• South Carolina shot 50 percent from the field and Arkansas was just 37.9 percent.
• The Gamecocks made 5-of-11 from 3-point range.
• Meechie Johnson led USC with 17 points, making 5-of-6 from 3-point range.
• Davonte Davis led Arkansas with nine points and Anthony Black added eight.
• Arkansas’ starting lineup was Anthony Black – Davonte Davis – Ricky Council – Makhel Mitchell – Makhi Mitchell for the second-straight time, third time overall.
• Arkansas won the tip.
• Ricky Council IV scored the game’s first points at 19:34.
• Jordan Walsh was the first Razorback sub.
Razorback game notes and other information from Arkansas Communications.
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