No. 22 Arkansas escapes Tennessee 80-72 in SEC Tournament

SEC tournament 2015
By GARY B. GRAVES

AP Sports Writer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Rashad Madden made four late free throws that helped No. 22 Arkansas overcome blowing a big lead in an 80-72 victory over Tennessee on Friday night in the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

The second-seeded Razorbacks (25-7) led 55-35 early in the second half before missing 12 of their final 15 shots, a drought that allowed the Volunteers to rally to 69-65 with 3 ½ minutes left.

Madden (nine points) then made all of his attempts to start Arkansas’ path toward victory at the foul line. The Razorbacks (25-7) made seven of their next 10 attempts and 32 of 39 overall to advance to Saturday’s semifinal against the South Carolina-Georgia winner.

Bobby Portis was 9 of 10 from the line en route to 26 points, including 18 in the first half. Michael Qualls added 20 for Arkansas.

Senior guard Josh Richardson had team highs of 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Volunteers (16-16).

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