Jones scores 22 as Arkansas beats Vanderbilt 86-73 at SEC

Arkansas guard Desi Sills (3) is congratulated by Jalen Harris (5) after Sills scored against Vanderbilt in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Southeastern Conference Tournament Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mason Jones scored 22 points before fouling out, and the 11th-seeded Arkansas Razorbacks beat No. 14 seed Vanderbilt 86-73 in the last Southeastern Conference Tournament game open to the general public. The SEC announced a few minutes before tip-off that the league was joining other Power Five conferences in closing the rest of this event to all but players, essential staff and credentialed media. The decision wasn’t made inside the arena until halftime with fans booing. Arkansas won its sixth straight over Vanderbilt and now will play No. 6 seed South Carolina.  Vandy finishes the season  11-21.