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Throwback Thursday: Dillard’s Career Night

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Dillard drained 12 3’s that night.

11 DEC 1993: ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS GUARD AL DILLARD PLAYS TOUGH DEFENSE DURING A NON-CONFERENCE GAME Getty Images

One of Nolan Richardson’s most impressive finds of his career was Dillard, a 25-year-old sharpshooter living in Alabama who was looking for another shot and had been bagging groceries.

Coming into 1993-94, no one knew what to expect from Dillard, but it became apparent quickly he was a scoring machine with range anywhere in the front court.

In his third game against Northwestern State, he came off the bench in the first half and scored 16 points in just 1:53 of game time.

However, it was the Delaware State game where his legend really began to grow.

Coming off the bench again, Dillard hit 12 3-pointers and scored 39 points in a 123-66 drubbing for the No. 1 Hogs. It was the third time in the first five games the Hogs hit 100 points, and they would do so eight times during the season.

Arkansas would drill Jackson State and former Richardson assistant Andy Stoglin later that week, 96-80, to improve to 6-0.

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