Arkansas 78

(9-2, 2-2 away)

Texas Tech 65

(6-6, 6-4 home)

    10:00 PM ET, December 21, 2005

    American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

    1 2 T
    ARK 39 3978
    TTU 36 2965

    Top Performers

    Arkansas: J. Modica 15 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl

    Texas Tech: D. Dora 12 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk

    Arkansas 78, Texas Tech 65

    DALLAS (AP) -- From a freshman banking on a halftime buzzer-beater from beyond halfcourt to a late steal that turned into a momentum-shifting dunk, the Arkansas Razorbacks sure looked right at home in their return to Dallas.

    Jonathan Modica scored 15 points and Dontell Jefferson added a season-high 14, helping the Razorbacks overcome an off game from Ronnie Brewer to beat Texas Tech 78-65 Wednesday night.

    The Razorbacks (9-2) won their seventh straight and upped their winning streak in Dallas to 19 in a row -- even if it has been 11 years since they visited the city.

    "I'd love to come back," said coach Stan Heath.

    While American Airlines Center didn't turn into "Barnhill South," like Reunion Arena used to during the old Southwest Conference tournament, the Hog calls certainly were heard from the crowd of 14,280.

    "There were a lot of Arkansas fans here and it showed," said Brewer, who scored a season-low 12 points. "It really helped us out. It was almost like playing a home game."

    Technically, it was a home game for Tech (6-6) as it tried to cater to its largest alumni base for a third straight year. The Red Raiders fell to 1-2 in this holiday season showcase.

    Jay Jackson scored 19 points and Darryl Dora had 12, but the Red Raiders lost their second straight game and fourth in their last five.

    "We had way too many turnovers," Tech coach Bob Knight said. "It was a huge difference in the game."

    Arkansas scored the game's first eight points and led by as many as 11 in the first half. Tech rode a scoring burst by Jackson to go ahead by two, but the Razorbacks regained the lead on about a 55-foot bank shot by freshman Sean McCurdy at the end of the first half. They never trailed again.

    "I thought it was the key play of the game," Jefferson said.

    Tech had a chance to get within three with about 4:30 left when Jackson drove for a layup. But Eric Ferguson stripped the ball, then threw a perfect alley-oop pass to Jefferson for a momentum-shifting dunk that put Arkansas ahead 65-58. After a timeout by the Red Raiders, Jefferson scored again and the Razorbacks' lead was secure.

    "The mark of a good team is if you bend a little but don't break. That's what Arkansas did," Knight said. "We have a tendency to get ourselves in a bind. We get nine, 10 or 11 points behind, then we have to dig our way out of it."

    McCurdy played only the final 16 seconds of the first half. Modica led Arkansas with seven rebounds and Ferguson scored 13 points.

    Brewer was held well below his average of 20.1 points, but contributed five steals and two blocks. He shot 4-of-11 from the field after going 5-of-14 against Rice on Saturday.

    "They took Ronnie out of the game," Heath said. "They made it tough for him to catch the ball. It's a good strategy, but if the other guys are playing the way they're supposed to, we're going to be pretty effective."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 78 65
    FG Made-Attempted 28-60 (.467) 23-51 (.451)
    3P Made-Attempted 2-11 (.182) 3-12 (.250)
    FT Made-Attempted 20-30 (.667) 16-19 (.842)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 24 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 13 2

    2005-06 Season

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