The first technical road game of the season was more reminiscent of Arkansas basketball a couple years ago than last season.

The first technical road game of the season was more reminiscent of Arkansas basketball a couple years ago than last season.


Arkansas overcame a double-digit deficit twice in the second half to take a pair of short leads succumbing to Wake Forest, 88-85 on Friday in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.


With Arkansas trailing by two points with 34 seconds left, the team ran much of the clock off before Moses Kingsley went to the rim with seven ticks left. But the 6-foot-10 center was blocked by John Collins and Wake Forest picked up the defensive rebound, Arkansas fouled and a free throw created the final score. Anthlon Bell’s last-gasp 3-pointer to tie didn’t make it.


After having lost two road games, albeit neutral site games, in New York City, Arkansas fell back below .500 with the loss to Wake Forest. The Razorbacks also lost to Atlantic Coast Conference opponent Georgia Tech in Brooklyn on Thanksgiving. Wake Forest and Georgia Tech were picked 11th and 13th, respectively, in the ACC.


Arkansas next plays Evansville on December 8.


Wake Forest had built its lead to 14 after halftime, similar to the way Georgia Tech had at the NIT Tip-Off tournament in Brooklyn. Arkansas responded this time, though, trimming it slowly before a Dusty Hannahs free throw with 8:45 left put Arkansas ahead, 66-65. Hannahs foul shot was the capper of an old-fashioned three-point play, a 14-2 run and a 9-0 run. It also gave Arkansas its first lead since the opening bucket of the game.


The teams traded baskets over the next four minutes, when the Razorbacks managed to get shots up, anyway. Arkansas made four straight from the floor and Wake Forest five of six. A missed Arkansas free throw and a turnover created all the opportunity Wake Forest needed to extend the lead back to six immediately after Hannahs’ free throw, a lead Arkansas would trim again.


Anthlon Bell and Cornelius Hudson traded 3s with under four minutes left, each swapping the lead to their respective teams and creating seven straight makes for Arkansas and 6 of 8 for Wake Forest. But a final 3 by Dinos Mitoglou would finally bring Wake Forest up by more than a lay-up with 47 seconds left and Arkansas would not tie again.


The Razorbacks shot 46 percent from the field and missed six of their last eight attempts. Wake Forest shot 52 percent and made nine 3-pointers. Devin Thomas led the Demon Deacons with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Hudson had 17 points off the bench. Arkansas had four players in double figures – Hannahs (15), Kingsley (15), Manny Watkins (14) and Bell (13).