Local Teams

National Basketball Association
Tennessee 78, Arkansas 74
When: 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, March 5, 2022
Where: Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tennessee
Officials: # Wil Howard, # Bart Lenox, # Joe Lindsey
Attendance: 21678

Kennedy Chandler made a career-best five 3-pointers and scored 15 points to help No. 13 Tennessee notch a wire-to-wire 78-74 victory over No. 14 Arkansas in Southeastern Conference play Saturday at Knoxville, Tenn.

Santiago Vescovi also scored 15 points and Zakai Zeigler had 13 points with six assists for the Volunteers (23-7, 14-4 SEC). Josiah-Jordan James had 12 points and three steals for Tennessee, which finished the regular season 16-0 at home.

Arkansas (24-7, 13-5) recovered from a 24-point deficit and had a chance to tie the score but JD Notae's contested 3-point attempt was off the mark with nine seconds left. Zeigler split two free throws with 7.3 seconds left to seal it.

The Volunteers were a scorching 12 of 18 (66.7 percent) from 3-point range and shot 46 percent overall.

Notae had 20 points and three steals for Arkansas, which had a five-game winning streak halted while losing for just the second time in 16 games.

Chris Lykes registered 15 points with three steals before fouling out and Stanley Umude also scored 15 points for the Razorbacks, who played without Au'Diese Toney (ankle).

The Volunteers led 71-54 with 6:04 remaining before the Razorbacks made a frantic push.

Lykes buried consecutive 3-pointers as Arkansas crept within 71-60 with 5:09 left. A short time later, Notae knocked down two treys in a 59-second span and added two free throws to bring the Razorbacks within 73-70 with 2:05 remaining.

John Fulkerson split two free throws for Tennessee with 1:43 left before Notae made two free throws to make it a two-point margin with 56.4 seconds to play. Vescovi hit two free throws with 22.5 seconds left to give the Volunteers a 76-72 lead before Notae made two more with 16.1 seconds left.

Zeigler split two free throws with 14.8 seconds left to put Tennessee up by three prior to Notae's big miss.

Arkansas shot just 37.1 percent from the field and was 10 of 28 (35.67 percent) from 3-point range.

Tennessee avenged a 58-48 road loss to the Razorbacks on Feb. 19.

Chandler made all four of his 3-point attempts in the first half, when the Volunteers went 9 of 12 as a team while taking a 50-29 halftime lead.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Arkansas   Tennessee
JD Notae 20 Scoring Kennedy Chandler 15
JD Notae 4 Assists Zakai Zeigler 6
Kamani Johnson 8 Rebounds Josiah-Jordan James 7
JD Notae 6 Free Throws Made Santiago Vescovi 4
Chris Lykes 3 Steals Josiah-Jordan James 3
Kamani Johnson 1 Blocks Jonas Aidoo 3
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Arkansas 74 37.1 10-28 18-27 11 31 2 9 15
Tennessee 78 46.0 12-18 20-30 17 32 5 7 17