The Razorback men’s basketball team (4-1) enjoyed a strong Thanksgiving week on the court. After beating Montana State 90-68 Nov. 21, the Razorbacks won their fourth-straight game Friday by defeating UT-Arlington, 78-60.
The UT-Arlington Mavericks entered the game with a 3-2 record, coming off a 14-point loss to Indiana in Bloomington. The matchup between the Razorbacks and the Mavericks was the fourth and final game of the Hardwood Classic for both schools.
Arkansas continued to build on its previous performances as four Razorbacks reached double figures in points. Sophomore forward Daniel Gafford scored a game-high 21 points and shot an impressive 9-10 from the free throw line. Not only did Gafford improve his free throw numbers, but the entire Arkansas team shot much better from the charity stripe, going 34-46, about 74 percent.
“We work on free throws all the time,” Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said. “It’s just a matter of confidence going up and knocking them down. It’s contagious. Tonight (we) made them in some key times in the game.”
While Arkansas held the lead for the majority of the matchup, the Mavericks kept it tight throughout, preventing the Hogs from extending their lead until the final stretch. UT-Arlington failed to score a single field goal in the final four minutes of the game. The Razorbacks’ success at the free-throw line also played a large role in finishing the game with an 18-point margin.
Other Razorbacks to reach double-digits were junior forward Adrio Bailey and sophomore guard Jalen Harris, both with 14 points, as well as freshman guard Isaiah Joe with 10 points, including both of the team’s only 3-pointers.
The Mavericks saw production from junior guard Edric Dennis who put up a team-high 19 points in 20 minutes on the floor and junior guard Brian Warren who finished with 15 points.
Arkansas is now a perfect 4-0 in Bud Walton Arena this season, taking home the victory in front of over 17,000 fans on Friday.
The Razorbacks will return to Bud Walton Dec. 1 to battle Florida International. The Panthers are 6-1 on the season and are riding a three-game winning streak. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on SECN+.