NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Visiting Arkansas got 26 points and eight rebounds from Moses Moody and 25 points and eight assists from Jalen Tate en route to an 92-71 win over Vanderbilt at Memorial Gymnasium on Saturday.
The Razorbacks edged out a 10-point lead at halftime and then pulled further away in the second half, building an advantage as large as the final margin.
Vanderbilt next travels to Florida (7-4, 4-3 SEC) at 5:30 p.m. CT Wednesday.
It took Vanderbilt nearly 3 1/2 minutes to score Saturday while Arkansas got out to a 9-0 run. But the Dores responded with an 8-3 spurt to get right back in it.
After the Razorbacks pulled out to an 18-8 lead, Vandy got within 18-15 on an Ejike Obinna dunk and 21-18 on a Trey Thomas triple. Arkansas again adjusted and went up 28-20 on JD Notae’s triple from the right wing.
The lead stayed in the seven-point range until a Vance Jackson 3 allowed the Razorbacks to enjoy a 40-30 lead with two minutes to go in the half. A Jalen Tate 3 put Arkansas head 43-31 a minute later before the halftime score would settle at 45-35.
Arkansas held a 23-13 rebounding margin at the break and shot 51.5 percent from the floor.
A Justin Smith two-handed slam off an alley-cop highlighted the Razorbacks’ start to the second half and helped built an 61-46 lead 6 1/2 minutes in. A Desi Sills layup at the 10:41 mark made the margin 68-41.
Vandy couldn’t find enough made shots or defensive stops to get back in it.
• Vanderbilt has now made at least four 3s in 26 consecutive games.
• The Commodores are now 12-29 in the all-time series against Arkansas and have lost seven straight.
• Vanderbilt last defeated Arkansas on Feb. 7, 2017.
• Vandy is now 0-5 in SEC for the third season in a row.
• The Commodores are now 4-3 on the weekend this season and 0-4 on weekdays.