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Tennessee hangs on to beat Arkansas in regular-season finale

Arkansas nearly erased Tennessee's 24-point lead, but the Vols held on in the final seconds.
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Tennessee guard Santiago Vescovi (25) shoots over Arkansas guard Stanley Umude (0) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, March 5, 2022, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Vols staved off an Arkansas Razorbacks comeback on Saturday at Thompson-Boling Arena, winning 78-74.

The Vols ended the regular season with a 23-7 overall record and a 14-4 record in SEC play. Tennessee also finishes with a perfect 16-0 record in home games—the best since the 2018-19 season. 

UT made 10 of its first 13 shots, including seven three-point field goals. Kennedy Chandler and Santiago Vescovi scored 12 and 10 points, respectively, leading Tennessee to a 50-29 halftime lead. 

The second half had a different tone.

Arkansas started the second half on a 10-2 run, lowering the Vols' lead to 13 points. However, Tennessee built its lead back to 19 points with 8:44 remaining. 

The Razorbacks' offensive production picked up late in the half. Trailing by 13 with 4:48 to play, they went on a 10-0. 

Arkansas trailed by three with 16 seconds left but missed two three-point attempts, falling just short of completing a comeback. 

The Vols now turn their attention to next week's SEC Tournament in Tampa, FL. They will forego the first two rounds because of a double-bye. Tennessee's first game will be on Friday, March 11. 

You can watch the team speak about the game below.

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