FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas (Ticker) -- After losing to two straight top-10 teams, Stan Heath made some changes that paid off for Arkansas.
Kendrick Davis tied a season-high with 19 points off the bench and Jonathon Modica and Ronnie Brewer Jr. added 17 apiece to lead the Razorbacks to an 82-66 victory over 22nd-ranked South Carolina in a Southeastern Conference game.
Arkansas (12-12, 4-9 SEC West), which improved to 2-4 against ranked teams this season, was coming off losses at No. 9 Kentucky on Wednesday, 73-56, and at home to then-No. 6 Mississippi State, 77-70 last Saturday.
Heath started Wen Mukubi at forward instead of Modica, the team's leading scorer at 16.9 points per game. Mukubi scored Arkansas' first four points of the game and the combination of Modica and Davis off the bench electrified the Razorbacks. Davis scored a total of 16 points in his previous seven games.
Freshman Tre Kelley led South Carolina (20-6, 7-5 East) with 18 points.
Brewer scored 11 of his points in the first half when Arkansas built a 32-25 lead.
An 8-0 run, including a 3-pointer by Davis and a pair of free throws by Brewer, increased the advantage to 53-40 with 10 1/2 minutes left.
South Carolina pulled within six points six times in the final seven minutes, the last at 70-64 on a 3-pointer by Kelley with 1:11 remaining.
A dunk by Brewer with 68 seconds left started a game-ending 12-2 run for Arkansas, which converted 22-of-24 free throws.