Nr. 13 Arkansas beats Cincy 73-67 in the Hall of Fame Classic | MCU Times

Nr. 13 Arkansas beats Cincy 73-67 in the Hall of Fame Classic

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Au’Diese Toney scored 19 points, including the free throws with clear signal by just over a minute …

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Au’Diese Toney scored 19 points, including the free throws that went forward with just over a minute left, and Chris Lykes was perfect at the foul line down the stretch as he helped No. 13 in Arkansas beat Cincinnati 73 -67 Tuesday night in the title fight of the Hall of Fame Classic.

Lykes finished with 15 points and JD Notae overcame another cold-shooting night to finish with 13 for the Razorbacks (5-0), who played all the decisive games in the closing minutes of a match that none of the teams led by more than six.

Tony’s penalty throw with 1:23 left gave the Razorbacks a 68-67 lead, the fifth time they had changed hands in the final five minutes. Jeremiah Davenport missed at the other end for Cincinnati, and Arkansas snatched three consecutive offensive rebounds before Lykes failed and made two more free throws with 21.8 seconds left.

The Bearcats (5-1) wasted one last chance when Mike Saunders Jr. was called for charging with 9.6 seconds left.

David DeJulius scored 24 points to lead Cincinnati. Saunders finished with nine points and five assists.

There was not much offensive early from two teams that have the ability to fill the bucket.

The Razorbacks struggled with their outside shots and went 0 for 10 from beyond the arc in the first half. And the Bearcats had problems on the glass, where they did not get a single offensive rebound until in the waning minutes.

Cincinnati also handled a lot of bad problems while building a 30-26 lead at the break. Mika Adams-Woods took his place with three errors after playing only seven minutes, and big man Victor Lakhin went into the locker room with two errors.

That forced first-year Bearcats coach Wes Miller to use some creative lineups late in the first half.

They continued to maintain their sparse lead in the second, though almost every rebound and loose ball went the other way. On a single trip down the floor, Arkansas striker Jaylin Williams missed a 3-pointer, Connor Vanover got the board and was tied, then Lycke missed a shot before the crisp guard finally got one to go.

The game remained straightforward all the way to goal.

RIGHT SIDE ROYALTY

Chiefs tight-end Travis Kelce, who starred in Cincinnati before joining the NFL, took the championship game off the field. Kelce often shows up for college basketball games at the T-Mobile Center, and the timing for the Bearcats in the Hall of Fame Classic worked perfectly; Chiefs (7-4) have a goodbye this week.

TAKEAWAYEN

Cincinnati had plenty of chances to pull away, including as it led 56-53 with less than seven minutes left. But that was when DeJulius missed a 3-pointer and Hayden Koval missed another on consecutive trips down the floor, which opened the door for the Razorbacks to eventually pull ahead.

Arkansas fought again from beyond the arc, reaching 3 of 17 in the championship game. The Razorbacks were 3 of 22 from 3-point range as they held off Kansas State in the semifinals.

NEXT

The Bearcats play against Monmouth on Saturday. The Razorbacks face Pennsylvania on Sunday.

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