Arkansas hit nearly 55% of their shots from the field, were 50% from 3, and most importantly were 28-35 from the free throw line. It was enough to get a 97-93 win over Ole Miss. The game puts both teams at 3-4 in the conference and gave Arkansas their 13th win of the year.
The Hogs’ last field goal actually came with over four minutes to go when a Jaylen Barford layup put the Hogs up 84-78. They were able to go 13/16 from the free throw line down the stretch, including a perfect 6/6 from Daryl Macon in the final 36 seconds to secure the win.
Offensively, things got started with good ball movement. I said in the preview that Ole Miss’ defense has holes in it when teams move the ball quickly, and the Hogs were able to do that. Arkansas had a very nice 69% of their made shots in the first half come off assists. They ended up with 18 assists and all of the guards pitched in. Barford had four, Anton Beard had five, and Macon led the way with six.
The Hogs had five different players hit double figures led by Barford’s 23 on 8/11 shooting. Macon had 20, and hit a couple three’s early to get things rolling. Daniel Gafford had 15 to go with nine rebounds. Darious Hall and CJ Jones both had 11 as well.
The defense still had some issues to work out. Ole Miss had a good shooting night of their own, and the Hogs couldn’t corral Terence Davis who finished with 30. Giving up 93 won’t win most nights, but the free throw shooting and offensive effort from multiple sources got the Hogs back in the win column.