FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas (Ticker) -- Reserve Kendrick Davis' three-point play with 26 seconds left lifted Arkansas to a 53-51 upset over 20th-ranked Mississippi State in a Southeastern Conference contest.
Arkansas fell behind by 12 points midway through the second half, but responded with a 12-0 run to pull within, 44-45, with 7:48 left. The Razorbacks hit four 3-pointers during the spurt, including two by freshman Eric Ferguson, who had eight points during the run.
Mississippi State pulled ahead, 51-45, on Michal Ignerski's 3-pointer with 2:18 left, but Davis drained a long-range jumper and the Bulldogs committed a turnover with 55 seconds remaining.
Dionisio Gomez made them pay with a jumper, cutting Arkansas' deficit to 51-50, before Mississippi State turned the ball over again, setting the stage for Davis' heroics.
The lefthanded Davis drove down the middle of the lane for a righthanded layup and hit a free throw for a two-point advantage.
"Kendrick Davis hit a huge shot at the end of the game and did a good job of drawing the contact and getting the shot to go down," Arkansas coach Stan Heath said. "He hit a big free throw and is improving on his offense and defense."
Larry Satchell blocked a shot by Mario Austin and Timmy Bowers missed a jumper in the waning seconds as the Razorbacks avenged an 84-54 rout at Mississippi State on February 8 and continued the Bulldogs' misery in Fayetteville.
"It feels good to get a win against a good team like Mississippi State," Davis said. "They beat us pretty bad the first time we played them, but we got the victory this time."
Ferguson scored 15 points and Satchell finished with 10, nine rebounds and four blocks as Arkansas (9-16, 4-10 SEC West) improved to 13-1 all time at home against Mississippi State.
The Razorbacks have not lost to the Bulldogs in 10 meetings at Bud Walton Arena and their last loss at home in the series was a 69-67 setback in 1971 at old Barnhill Arena.
Arkansas snapped a five-game losing streak and won for only the third time in its last 15 contests.
Bowers scored 18 of his 24 points in the first half and Ignerski chipped in 11 for first-place Mississippi State (18-7, 8-6), which lost for only the second time in its last seven games.
"It is never easy to play on the road and they made some nice shots that we contested," Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury said. "We didn't step up and make the perimeter shots down the stretch of the game."
Austin, who averages a team-leading 16.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, was held to five points and one rebound.
"We did a good job defending Derrick Zimmerman and Mario Austin," Heath said. "Bowers shot the lights out in the first half. We did a good job of shutting him down in the second half. When we did that, I thought we really controlled the tempo of the game. "We had to be concerned with Austin in the middle and that left Bowers open outside. We had to pick our poison and we were going to make them beat us from the outside."
Mississippi State used a 10-2 spurt to turn a one-point lead into a 27-18 bulge with 9:08 left. Gomez answered with a layup and a jumper, but Bowers nailed a 3-pointer with 36 seconds in the half to allow the Bulldogs to go into intermission with a 30-22 lead.
Davis finished with nine points and Gomez and freshman Jonathon Modica each contributed eight for Arkansas, which shot 48 percent (21-of-44) from the field. The Razorbacks had just 10 free-throw attempts, making four.
Mississippi State shot 40 percent (19-of-48), including 10-of-22 (45.5 percent) from 3-point range. The Bulldogs were awarded just six trips to the line, where they made three.