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Hogs Drop First Game in OT

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NORTH LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas could muster only one comeback Friday night.

Jeff Peterson’s 3-pointer with 0.5 seconds remaining in regulation sent the game to overtime, but the Razorbacks couldn’t find any offensive production in the extra frame, falling 70-65 to Alabama-Birmingham at Verizon Arena.

Arkansas (3-1) went just 1-for-6 from the free throw line in overtime, while UAB (4-1) drained two 3-pointers.

Jamarr Sanders, who hit a shot at the buzzer to beat Arkansas last season, scored 19 points for the Blazers to lead all scorers. Ovie Soko added 17 points, including a three-point play in overtime to give the Blazers a 68-60 lead with less than a minute remaining.

Delvon Johnson added 18 points and 13 rebounds in a losing effort for the Razorbacks. Peterson scored 13 points, while Rotnei Clarke and Julysses Nobles each had 10.

Peterson’s shot capped a 9-2 Arkansas run in the final minute after trailing 55-48.

The Razorbacks led 11-7 midway through the first half, but the Blazers countered with a 7-0 run and never trailed again.

It was a tough night on the offensive end for Arkansas. The Razorbacks hit just 25 of 66 shots from the floor, including 3 of 21 from 3-point range. The Blazers shot 48 percent.

Arkansas returns to the court next Wednesday with a game against Oklahoma at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville.

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