Hogs win fourth straight
FAYETTEVLLE, Ark. — Behind a 50-point second-half performance, the Arkansas men’s basketball team held off Texas A&M 86-77 Wednesday evening to extend its winning streak to four games and sweep the season series from the Aggies.
Arkansas (21-7, 10-5) has won three consecutive games over the Aggies, including nine straight in Fayetteville, as Texas A&M Texas A&M (14-13, 6-9) remains winless in Bud Walton Arena.
The Aggies and Razorbacks got into an absolute dogfight. Neither team could build a run larger than five points until Arkansas scored six straight late in the second half to jump out to an eight-point lead on the Aggies. After only going to the line three times in the opening frame, the Razorbacks went 21-24 from the charity stripe in the second half to seal the game.
Offensively, the game got off to a slow start as neither team could find its rhythm early. Soon enough, they each began to trade baskets. After opening the contest a combined 1-of-10 from the field, the Razorbacks and Aggies sank 18 of their next 26 attempts to give Arkansas a 24-21 lead. The Razorbacks maintained their lead and went into halftime up 36-33.
Arkansas continued to use its depth, outscored the Aggies 27-4 in bench points, as Daryl Macon led the way with 12 points, while Trey Thompson was a huge spark off, assisting on a game-high six baskets to set a new career high.
The Razorbacks recorded 11 steals, scoring 21 points off 17 Aggie turnovers.
Jaylen Barford led all Razorbacks with 16 points, going 6-of-11 from the field. Moses Kingsley finished with his sixth double-double of the season, scoring 10 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Manuale Watkins put up 13 and Dusty Hannahs rounded out the five double-figure scorers with 11 points.
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