UA vs. Lipscomb 12/5

Junior Desi Sills catches the ball during the contest against Lipscomb on Dec. 5 in Bud Walton Arena. The Hogs secured their fourth win of the season, 86-55.

The Razorback men’s basketball team continued its unbeaten run of the new season with an 86-55 victory over Lipscomb on Saturday evening in Fayetteville. Arkansas has not been defeated since an eight-point loss to Texas A&M last March.

Of the team’s first nine shots, eight of them were from three-point range. Freshman guard Moses Moody and redshirt sophomore Connor Vanover both sank two early threes as the Razorbacks opened the competition on a 17-2 run.

Arkansas’ propensity to launch from a distance remained constant throughout the match as they unleashed a total of 34 three-pointers. That marks the second-most long-range shots the Hogs have attempted in a single game during head coach Eric Musselman’s tenure.

The Razorbacks never trailed in the game and led the Bisons in nearly every statistical category.

Moody led the Hogs in scoring for the second-consecutive match with 18 points to go along with 8 rebounds. He was the Hogs’ top-ranked recruit and now leads Arkansas in scoring this season with 17.3 points per game.

Musselman raved about Moody’s performance in his postgame interview.

“I think he does feel more comfortable,” Musselman said. “That is what happens when you’re a freshman and you’re getting a lot of minutes but he has earned it.”

Musselman was not the only one to take note of the freshmen’s high level of play. Senior forward Justin Smith doubled down with praise of his own regarding Moody.

“He’s really just letting the game come to him,” Smith said. “He’s knocking down shots, getting to the basket, and making his free throws, so if he is able to continue to do those things, he is going to help us.”

Even though Moody carried the load on offense, he credits the collective effort of the team for the victory. Arkansas shared the basketball all over the court and totaled more than 230 passes in the game.

“I think that was the key to our success,” Moody said. “Everybody (was) playing unselfish, keeping the ball moving, and switching sides… and we’ve been really going over that in practice so it was a good thing that it was able to translate to the game.”

The Razorback defense had its best statistical game of the season and held Lipscomb to a season-low shooting percentage.

“To hold a team to 25% from the field is phenomenal,” Musselman said. “We want to work on being a little bit more active defensively, but I thought from a discipline standpoint, we played flawless disciplined defense.”

The Razorbacks game against Tulsa on Tuesday, Dec. 8 has been postponed because of a positive COVID-19 test and quarantining in the Tulsa program. A makeup game has not yet been scheduled.

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