Streak hits 1,000 on 3 from Jones

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - COLLEGE BASKETBALL - By Bob Holt

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Ma­son Jones is now the an­swer to a Univer­sity of Arkansas bas­ket­ball trivia ques­tion.

Who hit the three-point bas­ket that ex­tended the Ra­zor­backs’ streak to 1,000 games?

Jones did it when he drained a three-pointer with 18:43 left in the first half of Satur­day’s game at

South

Carolina af­ter Ra­zor­backs ju­nior for­ward

Adrio Bai­ley stole the ball from Chris

Silva.

It was tough for Jones to en­joy the mile­stone bas­ket be­cause the Game­cocks beat the Ra­zor­backs 77-65.

“It means some­thing to the pro­gram, to get to 1,000 games,” Jones said of the three-point streak. “But I wish it could have come in a win.”

The Ra­zor­backs hit 6 of 22 three-point­ers on Satur­day af­ter Jones gave them a 2 of 2 start.

Arkansas be­came the sixth NCAA Di­vi­sion 1 men’s team to have a streak of 1,000 games with at least one three-point bas­ket.

West­ern Ken­tucky joined the club on Thurs­day night when the Hill­top­pers won 92-85 at Rice in over­time.

Go­ing into Satur­day’s games UNLV had the long­est cur­rent ac­tive streak at 1,061 games, fol­lowed by Van­der­bilt (1,053) and Duke (1,043) and West­ern Ken­tucky.

Ken­tucky had its streak of con­sec­u­tive games with a three-point end at 1,047 when the Wild­cats went

0 of 6 in a 78-73 vic­tory over David­son last sea­son in a first-round NCAA Tour­na­ment game.

UNLV, Van­der­bilt and Prince­ton (925 go­ing into Satur­day’s games) have hit at least one three-point bas­ket in ev­ery game they have played since the shot was added for the 1986-87 sea­son.

The last time Arkansas didn’t hit a three-pointer was in a 99-92 vic­tory at Texas on Jan. 7, 1989, when the Ra­zor­backs were 0 of 2

Tough at home

South Carolina im­proved to 4-1 in SEC home games.

In ad­di­tion to Arkansas, the Game­cocks have beaten Mis­sis­sippi State, Auburn and Mis­souri in Colo­nial Life Arena.

South Carolina’s only SEC home loss is No. 1 Ten­nessee, 92-70, on Jan. 29.

“Ob­vi­ously dis­ap­pointed with the out­come, but let’s give credit to the South Carolina team,” Arkansas Coach Mike An­der­son said. “I thought they did what they had to do to pro­tect the home court.

“They’ve been re­ally good at home.”

Arkansas fell to 3-4 in road games, in­clud­ing 2-3 in SEC play.

Clos­ing in

The next three-point bas­ket Arkansas guard Isa­iah Joe hits will put him in a tie with Rot­nei Clarke for the Ra­zor­backs’ fresh­man record.

Clarke set the Ra­zor­backs’ fresh­man record with 83 three­p­oint­ers dur­ing the 2008-09 sea­son.

Joe hit 3 of 9 three­p­oint­ers against the Game­cocks and is now 82 of 187 this sea­son.

Mike & Frank

WIth the vic­tory, South Carolina Coach Frank Martin now trails 10-8 in SEC and Big 12 games against Arkansas Coach Mike An­der­son.

An­der­son’s Mis­souri teams and Martin’s Kan­sas State teams were 4-4 against each other. An­der­son’s Ra­zor­backs are 6-4 against Martin’s Game­cocks af­ter Satur­day’s loss.

Eight isn’t enough

Arkansas sopho­more for­ward Daniel Gaf­ford scored a sea­son-low eight points on Satur­day when he played 22 min­utes be­cause of foul prob­lems.

Gaf­ford’s pre­vi­ous sea­son-low had been nine points against Florida at home and at Ole Miss.

The Ra­zor­backs are 0-3 this sea­son when Gaf­ford has scored fewer than 11 points.

Charge it

Arkansas fresh­man guard Isa­iah Joe drew two charges on Satur­day to tie sopho­more for­ward Gabe Os­abuo­hien for the team lead with 19 each.

Joe drew a charge from A.J. Law­son with 16:40 left in the first half to give him 18.

Os­abuo­hien re­gained the lead at 19 when he drew a foul on Alanza Frink with 10:07 left in the first half.

Joe then tied Os­abuo­hien again when he took a charge from Maik Kot­sar with 17:40 left in the sec­ond half.

The Ra­zor­backs have taken 53 charges this sea­son.

Vs. South Carolina

South Carolina ended a three-game los­ing streak against Arkansas, which had been 5-1 in its pre­vi­ous six games against the Game­cocks.

The Ra­zor­backs have a 20-14 se­ries lead and are 7-8 in games at South Carolina.

Arkansas and South Carolina never had played in bas­ket­ball un­til both schools joined the SEC for the 199192 sea­son.

Quick change

Be­fore Arkansas played South Carolina on Satur­day af­ter­noon, James Tay­lor and Bon­nie Raitt played in Colo­nial Life Arena on Fri­day night as part of their con­cert tour.

A crew worked overnight to change the arena floor back to a bas­ket­ball court from a con­cert stage.

Arkansas had its shootaround at the arena at 7:30 a.m. Cen­tral time — seven hours be­fore tipoff.

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