Hogs shake off early start, rout Rams

By: Jimmy Carter
Published: Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Arkansas guard Jaylen Barford looks to go up for a shot against Colorado State's Prentiss Nixon during a game Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Fayetteville.
Photo by J.T. Wampler
Arkansas guard Jaylen Barford looks to go up for a shot against Colorado State's Prentiss Nixon during a game Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Fayetteville.

Arkansas 92, Colorado State 66, final

Sophomore guard C.J. Jones matched his career-high with 19 points and Jaylen Barford chipped in 19 of his own to lead the Razorbacks to a dominant win.

Three days after falling behind 11-0 in a blowout loss at Houston, Arkansas got down 10-0 in a hurry. But the game swung when Mike Anderson inserted Jones and freshman center Daniel Gafford.

The Hogs scored 12 straight in a 14-0 run when the two entered the game, part of a 26-3 spurt as Arkansas took control of the game. The lead ballooned to as much as 29 in the second half.

Arkansas shot 52.2 percent and only turned it over fives times, including none in the first half. Gafford added 14 points, six rebounds and two blocks, along with three highlight dunks, while staying out of foul trouble.

Senior guards Daryl Macon and Anton Beard scored nine. Freshman wing Darious Hall added a career-high eight in 18 minutes off the bench, which chipped in 47.

Colorado State guard Prentiss Nixon scored a career-high 31, but the rest of the Rams shot just 11 of 39 from the floor. Former Razorback Lorenzo Jenkins was scoreless in 17 minutes in his return to Bud Walton Arena, missing all four of his shots.

Arkansas 82, Colorado State 56, 3:44 second half

C.J. Jones has a team-high 16, Daniel Gafford 14 and Arkansas a big lead in what is essentially garbage time now.

The Razorbacks are shooting nearly 52 percent and only have four turnovers, while Colorado State is at just 35 percent with 18 turnovers, which have led to 24 Arkansas points.

Arkansas 74, Colorado State 49, 7:49 second half

Daniel Gafford's third dunk of the evening was a fast-break jam and ties him with a team-high 14 points with C.J. Jones.

Both have been instrumental off the bench, which has produced nearly half (36) of Arkansas' scoring output so far.

Arkansas 67, Colorado State 43, 11:21 second half

Colorado State continues to front Daniel Gafford and he continues to make them pay.

The freshman center has 12 points on 4 of 7 shooting with Arkansas up big. Sophomore C.J. Jones has 14 and has hit 6 of 7 from the floor.

CSU guard Prentiss Nixon has a game-high 18 but the rest of the Rams are shooting 9 of 33.

Arkansas 59, Colorado State 32, 15:09 second half

The lead has swelled to 27 early in the second half behind a strong start from Jaylen Barford.

The senior has five quick points in the half and a game-high 12 with Arkansas in complete control.

After a hot start, CSU's shooting percentage is down to 30.6.

Arkansas 47, Colorado State 29, halftime

Mike Anderson trotted out a new starting lineup, but the Razorback bench was the story in this first half as Arkansas outscored CSU 45-16 after falling behind early.

Sophomore guard C.J. Jones scored 11 points on 5 of 5 shooting, freshman center Daniel Gafford had nine points, four rebounds and two blocks with no fouls and freshman wing Darious Hall added six points on a pair of 3-pointers.

CSU struggled offensively after scoring on five of its first six offensive possessions. The Rams at one point turned the ball over on seven of nine trips down the court and finished the half with nine turnovers.

Arkansas 26, Colorado State 16, 7:51 first half

The Razorbacks run is extended to 24-3 thanks to their pressure defense.

Colorado State turned it over seven times in nine possessions. Daniel Gafford has eight points, while guards C.J. Jones and Darious Hall each have six off the bench.

The bench group has changed the tenor of the game.

Arlando Cook getting his first action of the year.

Arkansas 16, Colorado State 13, 11:34 first half

The Hogs are on top thanks to a 14-0 run, 12 of which came after Daniel Gafford checked in.

Gafford has seven quick points, a rebound and a block in four minutes. Maybe more importantly, he has no fouls.

Colorado State has struggled against a reserve-heavy athletic Razorback lineup.

Colorado State 13, Arkansas 2, 15:55 first half

New starting lineup but another bad start for Arkansas.

The Rams jumped out to a 10-0 lead three days after the Hogs fell behind 11-0 at Houston. CSU has scored on every offensive possession, hitting 5 of 8 shots and grabbing all three misses.

Dustin Thomas, making his first start of the year, has the only Arkansas points on two free throws.

Pregame

Mike Anderson hinted about shaking up the starting lineup Monday afternoon and followed through by doing it tonight, inserting senior forward Dustin Thomas in Adrio Bailey's place. It marks the first time he has altered the starting lineup this season.

Arkansas is 5-2, Colorado State 4-4 coming into the game. The Rams have lost to Tulane, Florida State, New Mexico State and Missouri State.

Discussion

Have a comment on this story? Join the discussion or start a new one on the Forums.