Tonight, all available scholarship players scored in the 86-50 win. The Hogs shot 50% from the floor while taking 34 shot attempts beyond the arc. Lipscomb gave the Razorbacks the three point line all night. I don’t know if that was the strategy to try and keep Arkansas off of the free throw line. For what it is worth, the tactic worked. Arkansas has gotten to the line at an incredibly high rate this season, but only attempted 12 free throws tonight. The Hogs shot 11-34 from 3, but 22-32 from 2. Lipscomb avoided giving the Hogs FTA, but still couldn’t defend inside the arc. 22-32 is incredibly efficient.
Moses Moody continues to shine as he had 18 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 steal on 7-8 shooting. J.D. Notae added 12 points, Vance Jackson had 10 points, and Justin Smith had 9 points and 6 rebounds. Connor Vanover had 6 points 9 rebounds, and 4 blocks. K.K. Robinson dished out a team high 4 assists.
Eric Musselman gave all the scholarship players a real chance to shine tonight. Jaylin Williams hauled in 7 rebounds in 18 minutes. Devo Davis had 4 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 assist in 15 minutes. Ethan Henderson, Brandon Kimble, and Emeka Obukwelu all saw action as well.
Arkansas used its’ size advantage to out-rebound the Bisons by 22. Lipscomb couldn’t get anything going offensively. The Bisons shot just 25.4% from the field and 23.8% from 3. Where Arkansas failed on the defensive end was sending Lipscomb to the foul line 27 times. They were only able to convert on 15 of those, but allowing 27 FTA is not ideal.
The biggest thing Arkansas did defensively was totally eliminate Lipscomb’s two leading scorers. Romeao Ferguson had just 2 points from the free throw line while shooting 0-5 from the field. Greg Jones went 1-6 for 4 points. Tough night for those guys.
Overall, this was an impressive win for Arkansas. Lipscomb is no pushover. Yes, they are missing 2 players that could be their starting guards, but they were picked to win the Atlantic Sun for a reason. It was good to see Arkansas put together an entire 40 minutes. Tuesday begins the first real test.
The Hogs are back in action on Tuesday for the first road game of the season at Tulsa. The game is scheduled for 6pm and will be streamed on ESPN+.
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