FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas (Ticker) -- Kentucky notched its 15th consecutive victory and coach Tubby Smith collected his first career coaching triumph in Arkansas.
Gerald Fitch scored 17 points and the second-ranked Wildcats used a strong second half to extend the nation's longest winning streak with a 66-50 Southeastern Conference victory over the Razorbacks.
Kentucky (21-3, 11-0 SEC East) extended a 36-29 halftime lead with a 10-2 run to start the second half. Chuck Hayes had six of his nine points in the burst, after which the Wildcats maintained a double-digit lead.
The victory was Kentucky's first in Arkansas since January 26, 1997, and Smith's first win at Fayetteville in seven tries.
Eric Ferguson scored 13 points and fellow freshman Jonathon Modica added 10 for Arkansas (7-15, 2-9 West), which lost its fourth straight and fell to 1-8 against ranked foes this season.
Kentucky trailed early, but powered into the lead for good with a 12-0 run that Jules Camara's bucket capped for a 19-10 advantage with 10 minutes left,
Arkansas, which starts three freshmen, refused to knuckle under, scoring eight of the next nine points to slice the margin to 20-18 with 8:10 left in the half.
But in the second half, the youthful Razorbacks were unable to answer Kentucky's surge.
Arkansas registered just two baskets in the first 10 minutes of the second half as the Wildcats used an 18-7 run to take a 54-38 cushion on Keith Bogans' basket with 7:15 to go.
"We did all right in the first half," Arkansas coach Stan Heath said. "We made a few mistakes with some loose balls and not rebounding enough. You have to do those types of things in a game like this."
Kentucky led by as many as 21 points in the half.
Daniels scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds and Bogans netted nine points for the Wildcats, who improved to 7-2 on the road and 18-2 when leading at halftime.
Kentucky shot 45 percent (22-of-49) from the field despite misfiring on 14-of-17 3-point attempts.
The Razorbacks shot just 36 percent (20-of-55) and made only eight baskets in the second half.
"I thought we had a good position at the half, but Kentucky is a good team and they came out strong in the second half," Heath said.
Trailing 7-3, Arkansas used a 7-0 run to take a three-point lead on Larry Satchell's bucket six minutes into the game.