BUFFALO, NY. (KNWA) — The Arkansas Razorbacks clinched their ticket to the Sweet Sixteen after beating New Mexico State 53-48 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
It was a slow start for the Hogs offensively as they couldn’t knock down their shots early, but their defense came to play.
They forced the Aggies to turn the ball over 12 times in the first half and had eight interceptions as a team, including five from JD Notae.
At the end of the first, Arkansas led 26-17 over New Mexico State. It was the fewest runs an opponent has scored on the Hogs in an NCAA tournament game since 1941, when Arkansas played Wyoming.
The Hogs also struggled to make their shots to start the second half, and the Aggies managed to even things up with less than nine minutes to go.
However, a short 6-0 run powered by a three from Stanley Umude and a dunk from Au’Diese Toney put the Razorbacks up 41-33 with six minutes left in the game.
The Hogs found themselves in a sticky situation when JD Notae fouled out of the game with less than two minutes to go.
However, Arkansas was still in a position to pull off the big win and earn their ticket to the Sweet Sixteen.
The Hogs will face No. 1 seed Gonzaga in their next game in San Francisco.