Arkansas appeared to have rid itself of its road struggles at South Carolina on Wednesday night.

That is, until the Razorbacks' overtime jinx trumped the road woes.

Arkansas appeared to have rid itself of its road struggles at South Carolina on Wednesday night.

That is, until the Razorbacks' overtime jinx trumped the road woes.

Arkansas led by as many as nine points in the second half of the eventual 81-74 loss to the Gamecocks, but the Razorbacks went 8:02 without a field goal to end regulation. They have now been outscored 35-14 in three overtime losses this season.

Poor shooting has been a theme, with Arkansas connecting on just 6 of 20 shots in the three overtime periods. Making matters worse, the Razorbacks have hit just 1 of 12 free throw attempts in the three overtimes.

"We've got to play better in overtimes and hopefully play better in regulation so we don't have to get to overtime," Arkansas coach John Pelphrey said. "We obviously have struggled scoring the ball in overtime and our opponents have not."

The Razorbacks (12-5, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) are now 4-22 in conference road games under Pelphrey. They will be put to the test once again at Florida on Saturday.

On Wednesday, Arkansas led South Carolina 70-65 with 2:30 remaining after a pair of free throws by point guard Julysses Nobles. However, with the Gamecocks blanketing leading scorer Rotnei Clarke throughout the game, Arkansas struggled in the closing minutes as South Carolina tied the game 70-70 and sent it to overtime.

"Our last 2-3 possessions, it wasn't like we were turning it over or shooting air balls," Pelphrey said. "The execution was pretty good, just the defense was better."

Clarke, who is averaging 13 points per game and has connected on 70 of 171 3-pointers (41 percent) this season, was often unable to get free against the Gamecocks. When he did, the 6-foot junior faced constant pressure and finished 1 of 7 from the field.

"It's hard," Pelphrey said. "I think everybody understands that, but by the same token if they're going to do those things with him, it opens up opportunities for everybody else."

Marshawn Powell and Nobles both benefitted from the attention South Carolina paid to Clarke. Powell finished with a season-high 21 points and Nobles was able to get in the lane twice in the closing minutes and the game tied.

The sophomore, one of the few Razorbacks who have shown the ability to create their own shot, misfired both times.

Pelphrey said fatigue could also be a factor late in games. However, after Arkansas finished 3-0 in overtime games last season, the coach isn't concerned about the Razorbacks losing confidence late in games moving forward.

"I tried to encourage those guys today to be the opposite," Pelphrey said. "That what you're doing is working. We just need a little bit more from everybody. One or two more rebounds, one more dive on the floor, one more free throw, one more block out."

Arkansas' first three SEC games were all decided by five points or less. While it lost by seven in overtime to the Gamecocks, Pelphrey was encouraged by a better effort than a loss at LSU and said the Razorbacks had made progress.

"I'm not asking somebody to go from the eighth or ninth man on the team to being a first-team all-league player," Pelphrey said. "That's not what we're looking for.

"We're just looking for everybody to do another inch more. We're right there. We're putting ourselves in a position to compete and challenge for game down the stretch against some good teams, now on the road."