FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Arkansas held its annual red-white game Friday night, with the white team defeating the red squad 95-69.
It was a nice showing by the red team, as sophomore guard C.J. Jones led all scorers with 24 points on 10-of-18 shooting, going 4-of-9 from behind the arc, but it was not enough to overtake the white team.
Leading the white team, freshman big man Daniel Gafford recorded a double-double with 23 points and 15 rebounds.
The contest started in the same fashion as many Razorback games last season, with senior guard Daryl Macon sinking a deep three-pointer to give to the white squad the early lead. The white team jumped out to a 12-8 lead, making each of its first five shot attempts.
The white team added to its early lead, going on an 12-2 run to build a 24-12 lead behind seven from freshman forward Gabe Osabuohien.
Red trailed the white team at half 53-36, as five total players tallied 10 or more points in the opening frame with Jones leading all scorers with 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including 3-of-6 from behind the arc.
The white team continued its hot shooting, opening the second half on a 15-2 run to extend its lead to 68-38 and never looked back.
Sophomore forward Adrio Bailey recorded a double-double of his own, tallying 18 points and 10 rebounds. Anton Beard finished with 18 points, Macon recorded 17 points, while Jaylen Barford and freshman Darious Hall tallied 14 each. Senior Dustin Thomas finished just shy of a triple-double with 12 points, seven rebounds and a game-high assists.
The white team combined to shoot 55 percent from the floor. Both teams shared the ball well, tallying over 20 assists each, as red recorded 20 and white finished with 27.
Up next for Arkansas is the first exhibition contest of the year, as the Razorbacks play host to Central Oklahoma on Friday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. inside Bud Walton Arena.
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