- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 28, 2014

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Earnest Ross hadn’t won at Arkansas in three attempts, dating back to his first two seasons at Auburn.

The Missouri senior picked exactly the right moment to help end his woes in the state on Tuesday night, also putting an end to the Tigers’ Bud Walton Arena jinx in the process.

Ross’ late 3-pointer helped propel Missouri (16-4, 4-3) to a 75-71 win over the Razorbacks - providing a much-needed boost to the Tigers’ NCAA tournament hopes.

It also helped end an 0-for-6 stretch for Missouri in Bud Walton, dating back to the arena’s inaugural 1993-94 season when the two schools were non-conference rivals. Arkansas crushed the Tigers 120-68 on the way to a national championship that first season in its new home - and it hadn’t lost to Missouri in the building until Tuesday.

“Obviously, it was a great win for us,” Missouri coach Frank Haith said. “I thought we showed toughness to come in this building, which is one of the all-time greatest buildings in the country.”

Ross and Jabari Brown led Missouri with 24 points each, and both were 8 of 8 from the free-throw line - leading the way for a perfect 16 of 16 effort from the foul line in the second half for the Tigers.

The free throws were all Missouri needed to seal the win after Ross’ 3-pointer that snapped a 64-64 tie. The shot came after an offensive rebound by the Tigers, who out-rebounded Arkansas (13-7, 2-5) 42-26, and it was Jordan Clarkson who drove into the lane before kicking it out to Ross at the top of the key.

The senior, who lost twice in Fayetteville before transferring from Auburn to the Tigers - with whom he also lost at Arkansas last season - calmly stroked the shot to put Missouri up 67-64 with 59.4 seconds remaining.

Clarkson added 11 points for the Tigers, whose rebounding advantage was led by 12 rebounds from Johnathan Williams.

“It feels good just knowing what we practiced all week, and to come out and execute what we did on the practice court in an actual game,” Ross said. “I think it’s a great reward, and I’m happy we got the win tonight.”

Ky Madden led the Razorbacks, who have now lost twice at home in conference play, with 20 points.

Arkansas was undefeated at home in the SEC last season, but it’s now lost two of its last four in Bud Walton Arena - including an overtime loss to Florida on Jan. 14. The Razorbacks had won 25 of their last 26 games in Bud Walton Arena.

“It hurts bad,” Madden said. “Just not the loss at home, just the loss in conference, period. All losses hurt, but we’ve just got to continue to fight and get better. That’s all we can hope for.”

Michael Qualls and Bobby Portis each added 16 points for the Razorbacks, whose postseason appears to be slipping away in coach Mike Anderson’s third season.

Arkansas has won just once on the road in SEC play in each of the last two seasons under Anderson, and it now faces a stretch of three of four games on the road - beginning at LSU on Saturday.

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