Clemson trimmed a 16-point deficit to four in the final stages of Saturday’s game at Arkansas, but the Razorbacks ultimately held on to prevail with a 74-68 victory over the Tigers at Bud Walton Arena. Arkansas improved to 6-2 with the win, while Clemson dropped to 7-2 with the loss. Saturday’s game was the start of a home-and-home series with the Razorbacks. Arkansas will come to Littlejohn Coliseum in 2014-15.
K.J. McDaniels was the star of the game Saturday. The Tiger junior made 9-of-17 field goals and all eight of his free throws for a game-high 27 points. It was a career-high for the Birmingham, AL native, who was playing against two close friends from his hometown Saturday. He added 11 rebounds in one of the most impressive all-around games in recent memory by a Clemson player. Damarcus Harrison added 13 and Rod Hall posted 10.
Clemson struggled to shoot the ball Saturday, making just 32.8 percent of its field goals and only 3-of-15 from three. The Tigers did a good job at the free throw line, converting 25-of-29 for an 86 percent mark. Clemson had a +15 rebound margin Saturday, including +11 on the offensive glass, yet Arkansas won the second-chance points battle 15-14. The Tigers dominated the paint, 34-12, but were outscored by 19 in terms of bench points.