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Arkansas Razorbacks 99, Austin Peay 62: Saturday Night Special


NCAA Basketball: South Carolina at Arkansas Gunnar Rathbun-USA TODAY Sports

Arkansas enjoyed what may end up being their biggest blowout win of the year Saturday night against Austin Peay, 99-62.

It was enough of a blowout that Arkansas’ walk-ons got their first action of the season, including Jonathan Holmes, who wore #15 but didn’t even have his name on the back of his jersey. Dusty Hannahs was able to get him the ball twice in the last minute to let him shoot threes, but unfortunately he missed both.

The Razorbacks only led by 10 at halftime, but were able to pour it on the second half courtesy of a 21-0 run that featured three consecutive threes by Hannahs, Anton Beard, and....Moses Kingsley. It was Kingsley’s second career triple, and first since connecting as a freshman against South Alabama on December 21, 2013.

Five Hogs scored in double figures, including true freshmen Adrio Bailey and C.J. Jones, who both came off the bench. It was a career best from Bailey, who finished with 14 points (team leader) and 7 rebounds (4 offensive) in his 18 minutes. Hannahs also came off the bench and scored 13, including his first three threes in a few games.

This is hardly unique to Arkansas, but when the bench plays big, the Razorbacks are awfully tough to beat. The starters have been mostly consistent so far. Jaylen Barford put up 12 and 6 and Kingsley had 13 and 7. Normal numbers. But when the bench adds a lot to it, the Hogs will put up some serious points, as they did Saturday night.

It also helped that Arkansas only turned the ball over 9 times and grabbed 47 rebounds.

All in all it was a good performance against a team that wasn’t supposed to give the Razorbacks much trouble. And now Arkansas will finally get another chance to add to its resume with a matchup against Houston in Bud Walton on Tuesday night. It’s a big one for the Hogs.