Hogs slam Samford in opener, 95-56
Arkansas won its 23rd straight season opener with a 95-56 blowout victory over Samford Friday night at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville.
Daryl Macon got the Hogs going with 14 first-half points and Jaylen Barford scored 14 of his in the second half before finishing with 16 apiece.
While both had their usual scoring spurts, their ability to distribute the ball is what stood out in Friday's win. Macon also had a team-high 8 assists while Barford added 6 on the night.
"That's something that Coach (Mike Anderson) wanted us to work on," Macon said. "That's something we have to take pride in when we've got, what, six new guys. We've got to make sure everybody gets involved so everybody is comfortable out there.
"We're going to need everybody. If we get them involved early, they're going to come back to us later in the game."
Four other Razorbacks reached double digits in the scoring column, as Adrio Bailey finished with 15 points and 6 rebounds, Anton Beard poured in 14 with 6 assists, and freshman Daniel Gafford had 10 points, 4 rebounds and 3 blocks in his official debut as a Hog.
Bailey set a new career-high for points in his young career.
"I guess you could call me a junkyard dog," Bailey said. "I'm just trying to play my role. I know my role. I'm not trying to do the extra stuff. I'm not trying to do anything more than what I'm capable of doing."
The athletic sophomore from Louisiana put up 9 points on 4 of 4 shooting in the first half.
"I was just trying to hide from the defense and get lost in our offense," Bailey said. "My teammates, by them creating for me, all I had to do was score the ball. They made it easy for me, and all they had to do was make the pass."
The Razorbacks (1-0) hit 9 of 22 three-point shots on the night, including 7 of 13 in the first half, and turned 19 Samford turnovers into 35 points.
"Defensively, I thought we could not have come out any better," Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson said. "We were active, in passing lanes and disruptive in not letting Samford do what they want to do.
"Eventually, we're going to make some shots. I thought Daryl got it going and then it became contagious for those other guys. They started making plays. I thought our defense was the difference in the game."
Arkansas trailed by a score of 6-5 just over three minutes into the game, but the Hogs went on to out-score the visiting Bulldogs 42-13 the rest of the half before carrying a 47-19 lead into the locker room.
The Razorbacks led by as many as 44 points with 12 minutes left to play in the second half.
As was the case in the first two exhibition games, the Hogs rotated eight players throughout the night while Khalil Garland (undisclosed medical issues), Dustin Thomas (suspended), Arlando Cook (suspended) and Jalen Harris (NCAA transfer rule) all sat out.
Here's a look at the key moments in the first and second halves:
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