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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.
“They made it really difficult for us in overtime,” Arkansas coach John Pelphrey said. “They continued to do a real good job of executing their stuff.
“Tough game. Tough loss.”
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 to give the Blazers a 68-60 lead with less than a minute remaining in overtime.
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.
Marshawn Powell scored six points and four rebounds in 25 minutes off the bench in his first playing time since the season opener two weeks ago.
“He’s obviously not where he’s going to be,” Pelphrey said. “I thought he made aggressive moves and got us close to the basket.”
Peterson’s shot tied the game at 57-all and capped a 9-2 Arkansas run in the final minute.
“We did tonight one of the toughest things that you can do on the road and that is lose a big lead, go into overtime on a last-second shot and be able to win the game in overtime,” UAB coach Mike Davis said. “It speaks volumes about our guys.”
The Razorbacks led 11-7 midway through the first half, but the Blazers countered with a 7-0 run and didn’t trail again until Powell’s jumper gave Arkansas a 21-20 halftime lead.
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.
An announced crowd of 8,425 fans watched the game – the largest crowd at an Arkansas game this season.
The Razorbacks return to the court next Wednesday with a game against Oklahoma at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville.