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RECAP: Arkansas Steamrolls UConn

The Hogs close out PK80 with a 35 point win.

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Arkansas closed out their time in Portland with one of the most impressive wins that they’ve had in a long time. Arkansas never trailed and led for double digits for almost the entire game as they flattened UConn by a score of 102-67. Arkansas led by as much as 40 and had a stretch of nearly 11 minutes without missing a shot.

Simply put, the Hogs dominated in all phases of the game.

Jaylen Barford scored early and often for the Hogs, scoring 24 points while shooting 9/12 from the field. CJ Jones came off the bench and had one of the best games of his career, scoring 19. While there was some concern if Daryl Macon would play, he had a strong second half scoring 16 on the day.

At the first media timeout, Arkansas already had an 11-3 lead. Barford got off to a quick start and the Huskies had a 1/8 start from deep. Arkansas never looked back as the lead ballooned up to 20 points at one point in the first half.

UConn came out of halftime looking like they were going to make a run and we would have a competitive game. Jalen Adams got 2 of his 25 points and cut it to an 11 point game. Mamadou Diarra scored to make it 53-41 with 15:11 to go in the game.

Then the avalanche came.

Arkansas blew the game open with a 19-0 run that nearly everyone got in on. Six different Razorbacks scored during the run which included dunks from both Jones and Daniel Gafford. That put the Hogs up 72-41 but they weren’t done there. The Hogs would pull off another 9-0 run soon after which was capped off by a no look bounce pass from Macon to a streaking Gafford who dunked it home. The Hogs eventually led by 40 and even got an offensive rebound and putback from Jonathan Holmes. It was that kind of blowout.

Next up for the Hogs is a road game at Houston before they return to Bud Walton Arena for a pair of games against Colorado State and Minnesota. After a successful 2-1 run in Portland, if the Hogs pull off a road win against a salty Houston team then Bud Walton better be packed for those two games.