FORT COLLINS — Mason Jones scored 16 factors and large man Daniel Gafford overcame a sluggish begin to end with 12, serving to Arkansas beat Colorado State 98-74 on Wednesday evening for its sixth straight win.
Arkansas (6-1) led by as many as 22 factors early within the second when the Rams (4-5) went on a 17-2 run to make issues attention-grabbing. After a timeout to regain their composure, the Razorbacks got here out refocused and reeled off 13 straight factors to wrap up the win.
There have been practically a dozen NBA scouts readily available to catch a glimpse of the 6-foot-11 Gafford, who’s largely seen as a lottery choose. He performed restricted minutes within the first half because of foul hassle, however he discovered his rhythm after intermission. He added 9 rebounds and three assists.
Isaiah Joe saved up his torrid capturing by contributing 14 factors. The freshman guard was coming off a 34-point outing towards Florida Worldwide that earned him the Southeastern Convention basketball participant of the week honors.
The Razorbacks’ bench got here up clutch by outscoring the Rams by a 38-7 margin. Jalen Harris had 12 assists, fairly a couple of resulting in dunks.
J.D. Paige and Kendle Extra every scored 16 factors for the Rams. Nico Carvacho scored 12 factors and grabbed 11 rebounds earlier than fouling out.
The Razorbacks basketball group gained a measure of revenge for the college. In September, the soccer group squandered an 18-point lead in a 34-27 loss to Colorado State. This time, they weren’t about to let a lead slip away.
It was a uncommon go to to Fort Collins by an SEC males’s basketball group. This marked the primary time since 2005 a group from that league performed at Moby Area.
Arkansas: Even when Gafford went to the bench with early foul hassle, the Razorbacks had loads of gamers to select up the slack. To assume, the Razorbacks have been chosen 10th within the preseason SEC ballot. Then once more, in every of the final 5 seasons the group has eclipsed the preseason polls.
Colorado State: First-year Rams coach Niko Medved needed to like what he noticed within the second half. On the verge of getting blown out, the Rams threw a scare at Arkansas.
Arkansas: Hosts Western Kentucky on Saturday within the first assembly between the 2 packages since 1974. The Razorbacks lead the sequence 4-2.
Colorado State: Play the second of a three-game homestand Saturday towards Sam Houston State.