FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas (Ticker) -- Vanderbilt failed again in its quest to win a Southeastern Conference game on the road. This time, the cost will be a fall from the top 25.
Jonathon Modica and freshman Ronnie Brewer scored 21 points apiece to lead Arkansas to a 70-62 victory over the 22nd-ranked Commodores.
Vanderbilt (13-3, 2-3 SEC East) was hoping to finally break through on the road after double-digit conference losses to Kentucky and Tennessee. This time, the Commodores were victimized by one of the nation's youngest teams.
"It's very frustrating to go on the road and lose a close one like this," said Vanderbilt's Mario Moore, who scored all 17 points in the second half. "It's ridiculous. We are a better team than this, we just aren't showing it right now. Something's got to change for us."
Arkansas (10-7, 2-4 West) surpassed its victory total from last season (9-19) - the first under coach Stan Heath.
Brewer, the son of former Arkansas star Ron Brewer, hit 7-of-9 shots from the field for his season-high total. His one-handed dunk gave the Razorbacks a 37-36 lead with 13:04 left.
There were eight more lead changes before Arkansas seized control. A 3-pointer by Modica gave the Razorbacks a 61-56 advantage with 2:43 left and they pulled away down the stretch.
"Jonathon Modica hit some big shots and Ronnie Brewer stepped up big time for us," Heath said. "He made good decisions and attacked the rim."
Arkansas received a surprising contribution from Michael Jones, who made his first start for the Razorbacks and produced 18 points and seven rebounds.
"The last few days of practice he (Jones) was playing differently so we decided to give him a try and he responded in a good way," Heath said.
Modica, Brewer and Jones combined for 60 points and the rest of the Razorbacks made just 4-of-14 shots. Vanderbilt shot just 37 percent.
Matt Freije, the preseason SEC Player of the Year, led Vanderbilt with 19 points. He had struggled in the Commodores' previous road losses, making just 8-of-27 shots.
"Arkansas was more aggressive than we were tonight," Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings said. "They were faster than we were with the ball. We missed too many free throws and we turned the ball over too many times. Any time you do that on the road, you aren't going to win."
Vanderbilt lost for the third time in four games after a 12-0 start.