Vols plagued by fouls, turnovers, poor shooting in loss at Arkansas

AP photo by Michael Woods / Tennessee men's basketball coach Rick Barnes talks with guard Josiah-Jordan James during the second half of the 16th-ranked Vols' 58-48 loss at No. 23 Arkansas on Saturday.

The door opened Saturday afternoon for Tennessee to control its fate in this year's Southeastern Conference basketball race.

Then Arkansas closed it.

Davonte Davis, a 26.4% shooter on 3-point attempts this season, made consecutive baskets from long range to spearhead an 11-1 run that turned a 41-40 deficit into a 51-42 advantage as the No. 23 Razorbacks broke free for a 58-48 topping of the No. 16 Volunteers inside Bud Walton Arena.

Tennessee (19-7, 10-4 SEC) failed to capitalize on No. 2 Auburn losing 63-62 at Florida earlier in the day, which dropped the Tigers to 12-2 in SEC play. Kentucky improved to 11-3 in the conference with its 90-81 downing of Alabama, but the Vols couldn't keep pace with the No. 4 Wildcats and remain two games back of the lead.