Hannahs leads Arkansas 3-point barrage in 90-65 win over SIU
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Dusty Hannahs had 19 points as 10 players scored for Arkansas in a 90-65 win over Southern Illinois on Monday night.
Southeastern Conference preseason Player of the Year Moses Kingsley added 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks for the Razorbacks (2-0), who improved to 48-2 in nonconference games under sixth-year coach Mike Anderson.
Hannahs, Arkansas’ leading scorer last season, hit 5 of 6 3-point attempts — helping the Razorbacks finish 13 of 23 overall from behind the arc. The senior also had five rebounds in 20 minutes of action.
“We made shots,” Anderson said. “I think we’re a good shooting team, and I thought we took rhythm shots ... We’ve got multiple guys who can make shots, and that’s what we saw tonight.”
Daryl Macon finished with 12 points for the Razorbacks, hitting 4 of 6 3-pointers, while C.J. Jones added 11 in his season debut. Arkansas shot 58.3 percent (21 of 36) in the first half and finished 30 of 61 (49.2 percent) for the game.
Armon Fletcher led the Salukis (0-2) with 13 points, while Leo Vincent and Sean Lloyd added 10 each in the loss.
Southern Illinois was 8-of-33 shooting (24.2 percent) in the first half and finished 22 of 60 (36.7 percent) from the field. Thik Bol added nine points and 12 rebounds, and the Salukis — who were 22-10 last season —committed 17 turnovers.
“That could have been a lot worse than it was at times,” Southern Illinois coach Barry Hinson said. ”... You could tell that we wanted to make sure that they had to make 3s in order to beat us. That was a heck of a game plan, wasn’t it, because they made 3s and beat us.”
Arkansas, which made almost 40 percent of its 3-pointers last season, struggled somewhat from behind the arc in its season-opening win over IPFW last week — hitting 6 of 16 3-pointers. Hannahs, one of the top 3-pointer shooters in the Southeastern Conference last season, was among those to struggle while hitting 1 of 6 from deep.
The Razorbacks found their touch in the first half against Southern Illinois, hitting 9 of 13 3-pointers on their way to a 56-25 halftime lead. Hannahs and Macon each hit all three of their 3-point attempts in the half, in which Arkansas led by as many as 34 points on its way to the comfortable win.
Two games into the addition of three of the top junior-college recruits in the country, Arkansas appears to be meshing just fine. The trio of Macon, Jaylen Barford and Arlando Cook combined for 30 points on Monday, providing the Razorbacks some much-needed offense a season after they finished a disappointing 16-16 and missed the postseason. “Tonight, it was going,” Macon said. “We found open shots, knocked them down, found each other and just played as a team.”
The estimated actual attendance in the 19,200-seat Bud Walton Arena on Monday night was 4.270. Arkansas averaged 20,134 fans during its national championship season of 1994, and Hinson — who coached in Fayetteville with both Oral Roberts and Missouri State — was disappointed in the environment on Monday. “That’s not an Arkansas crowd,” Hinson said. “That’s not a Razorbacks crowd.”
Southern Illinois returns home to host Missouri Southern State on Wednesday night.
The Razorbacks stay at home for their third straight game to open the season when they host Texas-Arlington on Friday night.
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