The Arkansas men’s basketball team continued its winning ways Wednesday night after a 79-44 victory over the Southern University Jaguars.
The game opened up with Arkansas scoring the first six points, which consisted of 3-pointers by junior guard Desi Sills and freshman guard Moses Moody.
Freshman guard Davonte Davis only had 16 minutes of playing time but scored a career-high 14 points with seven rebounds. Besides Davis, there were six other players who scored in the double-digits.
“I’m coming into the game not knowing how many minutes I’m going to play,” Davis said. “Whenever I’m out there I’m going to play my hardest and do whatever it takes to help the team win.”
Head coach Eric Musselman praised Davis’ performance in the post game press conference.
“Davonte Davis continues to be better and he’s got an incredible work ethic,” Musselman said, “I thought his reaction to loose balls was phenomenal.”
Senior guard Jalen Tate, redshirt junior guard JD Notae and Moody each scored 12 points. Moody is the only Razorback to score double-digits in every game this season. Smith and Sills contributed with 11 points each. Sills also had no turnovers and five assists.
With only 20 minutes of playing time, redshirt sophomore forward Connor Vanover contributed on defense by blocking three shots, acquiring three steals and nine rebounds.
“Connor is very unselfish,” Sills said, “He’s a guy that’s willing to pass the ball even though you have a good shooter, but at the end of the day, Connor brings so much to the table, he defends, he blocks shots, he’ll shoot the 3. We need Connor in every aspect.”
By halftime, Notae, Moody and Tate had already built up the Razorbacks lead to 42-20 by scoring nine points each. Southern was scoreless for almost seven minutes while the Razorbacks went on a 17-0 run consisting of a 3-pointer from Sills and a dunk from Smith.
Musselman praised the athletes on their performance in a post-game interview, but outlined some concepts that he will be taking into consideration as the season continues.
“We’re still in the evaluation stage,” Musselman said, “The plus-minus is very important to our staff, what guys are doing when they’re out on the floor, how the score is going, and who’s executing the game plan both defensively and offensively.”
The Razorbacks’ defense managed to hold Southern to a low scoring percentage. The Jaguars shot 28.6% from the field and only made one of 13 3-pointers. Moody and Vanover contributed to the defense the most. Moody was assigned to guard Ahsante Shivers, who did not make a single point, shooting 0-9 from the field and 0-3 from the 3-point line.
Tate only needs four more points to reach 1,000 career points, a milestone that he should be able to achieve during the Razorbacks’ next game. Notae is 13 points away from reaching 1,000 career points, another possible milestone that may be reached Saturday.
The Razorbacks are scheduled to play Central Arkansas on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. at Bud Walton Arena. The game will be broadcast on SEC Network+.