Arkansas Breaks Century Mark In Win Over Bucknell

The Arkansas men’s basketball team used its largest offensive output in two years to defeat the Bucknell Bison Sunday night 101-73 to improve to 2-0 this season.

First Half

After Bucknell opened the game with a three-pointer, the Bison and Razorbacks would trade a few early baskets, before Arkansas settled in and gained control of the tempo and ultimately, the game.

Senior guard Jaylen Barford sparked Arkansas early, sinking his signature fade-away to give the Hogs the lead at 9-8. The Razorbacks would go on an 8-0 run, using their defense to create offense. Barford finished the first half with 21 points, giving him his sixth 20-point effort of his career, first inside Bud Walton Arena.

It did not take long for freshman forward Daniel Gafford to put his length and versatility on display. The 6-11 big man was able to drive to the rim and snag his own miss for an easy lay-up. On the other end of the floor, he was part of a trap under the basket that forced a turnover. He proceeded to run the floor and clean up boards with a put-back slam, putting the Hogs up double-digits for the first time in the game.

In the season opener, Arkansas tallied 12 dunks, thanks in large part to their passing. Sunday, the trend continued, as Barford drove to the basket and left it for sophomore forward Adrio Bailey to slam it home for his fourth of the season.

One of sophomore guard C.J. Jones’ points of emphasis this season is to expand his game on the defensive side of the court. Jones got his hand in the passing lane late in the first half, forcing his second career steal, leading to a lay-up by freshman guard Darious Hall.

Senior guard Daryl Macon drilled a three as time expired in the first half, to cap a 22-8 Arkansas run to end the period. Macon finished the first half with 12 points and two assists.

Arkansas shot 55.6 percent from the field in the first half, including ending the half, making 18 of its final 23 shots.

Second Half

Bucknell opened the second half, sinking three straight three-point attempts after missing its first, to bring the game within 18. That is as close as the Bison would get, as the Razorbacks used nice passing that led to easy buckets.

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