ROD HALL scored 11 of his 19 points in the final minute of regulation and overtime to rally host Clemson to a 68-65 victory over No. 18 Arkansas last night.
The Tigers (5-3) trailed 57-51 on Bobby Portis' layup with 1:17 to go. That's when Hall led the Clemson comeback. He made a layup before converting a Razorbacks' turnover into another basket. Rashad Madden coughed up the ball again for Arkansas, and Jaron Blossomgame made a layup to tie the game at 57-57.
Hall started the extra period with a three-pointer to put Clemson ahead for good.
Michael Qualls hit a three-pointer to bring Arkansas within 68-65 with 1:01 to play. But that was as close as the Razorbacks (6-2) would get.
Qualls had 21 points and Portis 18 for Arkansas.
Blossomgame added 17 points for Clemson which defeated its second Southeastern Conference opponent this season.
The Tigers defeated LSU 64-61 last month at the Paradise Jam.
* At Kentucky, Karl-Anthony Towns scored a career-high 19 points and the top-ranked Wildcats rolled to an 82-49 victory over Eastern Kentucky.
Two days after a hard-fought victory over No. 6 Texas, Kentucky (9-0) had it significantly easier against the neighboring Colonels (4-3).
* At North Carolina, Brice Johnson had 19 points and a career-high 17 rebounds to help the No. 12 Tar Heels beat East Carolina, 108-64.
J.P. Tokoto also scored 19 points for the Tar Heels (6-2), who shot a season-best 60 percent from the floor. Kennedy Meeks added 12 points and Nate Britt finished with 10.
Terry Whisnant scored 15 points for East Carolina (4-5).
* At Northern Kentucky, Juwan Staten and Devin Williams scored 12 points each and No. 16 West Virginia used a big second half en route to a 67-42 win over the Norse.
The Mountaineers (7-1), who were coming off a disappointing 74-73 loss to LSU on Thursday, also got 10 points from Jonathan Holton.
The Norse (3-5) were led by Chad Jackson, who had 12 points and nine rebounds.