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Arkansas 93 Charleston Southern 75: Back on Track


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The Hogs got back on track and took out all their frustrations after their loss to Akron on a Charleston Southern team, who was on their last game of a tough three game road streak.

After losing back-to-back road games at Wichita State and Stanford by a combined 59 points, the Buccaneers probably wish they had just skipped this one and gone home.

After missing their first three shots from the field, the Hogs go hot and made five shot in a row to help them to a 16-6 lead after the first six minutes of play. The Hogs continued on their hot start throughout the half. The hogs had a comfortable 49-32 lead at halftime. The Hogs were 57% from the field and 75% from the land of plenty in the first 20 minutes.

The game was never in doubt, as the Hogs got up early and maintained at least a 20 point lead throughout most of the second half. Even after the Bucs cut it to 18 with seven minutes to play, Dusty Hannahs made sure it didn't last long by knocking down a three moments later. The Bucs would hit a bucket within the last minute to make the final margin 18.

Hannahs is now 11-16 on the year behind the arc for the year after going 5-5 tonight. He became the fourth player in Razorback history to shoot 100% from three in a game with at least five attempts. He joined the company of Patrick Beverley, Sonny Weems and Mardracus Wade who have all done it within the last eight years.

It will be interesting to see if Hannahs being the leading scorer will be a constant trend for the Hogs in non-conference play, or if teams will begin to key in on him. He had a game high 21 points to join four other Hogs in double figures.

Jabril Durham had another nice game with 11 assists and seven points. He has shown drastic improvement between year one and year two in the program. It reminds me a little of how Coty Clark had a big jump between his junior and senior season as well. I don't expect Durham to be "the guy" like Clark became, but definitely a key contributor.

Jimmy Whitt and Anthlon Bell continue to be volume shooters. They were a combined 11-25 from the field and were the two most shot takers on the team. Whitt finished with 14 points and Bell with 12.

There is no doubt that Manny Watkins is playing like a full scholarship player. He had an extremely efficient 14 points on 5-6 shooting from the field and 4-4 from the charity stripe.

Weird stat of the night: Keaton Miles had five points, five rebounds, five fouls and wears the number 55.

The Hogs' next game will come from the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, New York, which is pretty cool. They are playing Georgia Tech on Thanksgiving Day at 1pm on ESPNU.