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Arkansas junior guard Davonte Davis dribbles during Wednesday’s game against South Dakota State. The Razorbacks defeated the Jackrabbits 71-56 to improve to 3-0 on the season.

 

 

The No. 9 Razorback men’s basketball team took home its third win of the season Wednesday night at Bud Walton Arena, defeating South Dakota State 71-56.

Junior guard Ricky Council IV led the team in points for the third straight game, registering 19. Sophomore forward Trevon Brazile scored 13 points in the game against the Jackrabbits with 10 rebounds, earning his second double-double of the three-game season while also going viral for an exciting dunk.

The Hogs won the tip off, and freshman Jordan Walsh grabbed the first score of the game on the first possession. Arkansas did not stop there, staying consistent offensively with another basket in the third minute from junior guard Davonte Davis.

While South Dakota State held its own in the first half, the defense failed to guard Brazile from draining two shots in a matter of one minute, which brought the score to 12-7.

Halfway through the first half, Razorback defense showed its strength as the Jackrabbits began taking more shots.

With four minutes left in the first, Davis shot a 3-pointer, which brought the Razorback lead to 31-21. South Dakota State closed the margin to four points, prompting the Hogs to call a timeout. The last few minutes saw a 10-2 Arkansas run for a 41-29 lead at halftime.

“If we get stops and things like that, we can make runs,” Davis said in the postgame press conference. “So, (head coach Eric Musselman) called timeout and chewed us out a little bit about playing defense harder, and you see we made that run and everything else took care of itself.”

The Razorbacks took the momentum into the second half, showing their dominance in the first five minutes.

With a quick turnover in the first minute, Walsh scored another two points for Arkansas. Council executed a jaw-dropping dunk on a fast break following his defensive rebound, which brought the score to 52-30.

In the eighth minute of the second half following his memorable dunk, Council converted on a driving layup, which raised the score to 56-37 for the Hogs. With the clock counting down, the Jackrabbits were running out of time to close the 20-point gap.

The Razorbacks did not start to slow down until there were eight minutes left on the clock and they had a 10-0 run under their belt. The Jackrabbits closed the game on a 7-0 run, but it was futile.

In the last two minutes, Brazile threw down another spectacular dunk that had the crowd on its feet. Not only were the fans going wild, the dunk also went viral on the internet.

“That dunk was pretty crazy,” freshman guard Anthony Black said. “I was out of my seat on the court and everything.”

The Razorbacks will begin the Maui Invitational on Monday in Lahaina, Hawaii. The three-day tournament will be broadcast on ESPN networks. Arkansas’ first contest is scheduled against Louisville at 4 p.m. on ESPN2.

“We have three really tough games coming up against long athletic teams, three games in three days,” Musselman said. “We have to try and go focus and win our first game.”

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