The Arkansas men's basketball team (1-0) opened its 2020-21 season with a dominant, 80-point win over the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils (0-1), 142-62 Wednesday night.
Arkansas went on a 28-0 run in the first half to set the tone for the rest of the contest. The Razorbacks also out-rebounded the Delta Devils 58-33.
Arkansas set a record for second-most points scored in a game in Razorback history, with the most being a 166-101 win over the U.S. International Gulls on Dec. 9, 1989. The Hogs scored 82 points in the second half, which was also second-most points scored in a half in program history (88 against U.S. International).
At the half, the Hogs were already up on the Delta Devils, 61-30.
The Razorbacks were 20-for-40 from three-point range. In total, the Hogs went 48-for-86 shooting, good for 55.8%.
Sophomore center Connor Vanover led the Hogs in scoring with 23 points. He was 4-of-5 for the 3-point line, adding three blocks and eight rebounds.
“Muss really loves 3-point shooters, and us going out and knocking them down like that really made him happy,” Vanover said in a Zoom postgame press conference. “It just shows that we have a lot of threats from the 3-point line.”
Graduate senior forward Vance Jackson, Jr. followed Vanover with four 3-pointers made and finished with 15 points and seven rebounds. He also passed the 1,000-point plateau in his collegiate career.
"I felt good," Jackson, Jr. said in the post-game Zoom press conference. “I felt ready. It just felt good to play basketball again...I’m in the gym every day putting in the work and you see the results."
Arkansas had eight players reach double figures.
Arkansas head coach Eric Musselman is now 6-0 in home openers in his head coaching career.
“I thought we really shared the ball,” Musselman said during the Zoom. “I thought we took four bad shots the whole game, and the rest of the time we did a great job moving the basketball.”
The Arkansas Razorbacks men’s basketball team will return to Bud Walton Arena to face the North Texas Mean Green on Saturday, Nov. 28. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. and will be broadcast on SEC Network Plus. The Mean Green come in as the defending Conference USA champions. The two teams played each other last season, a game which the Hogs won 66-43.