In the Lane:

Hogs keep a handle on the ball

By: Bob Holt
Published: Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Arkansas guard Daryl Macon brings the ball up the floor during a game against Colorado State on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Fayetteville.
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Arkansas guard Daryl Macon brings the ball up the floor during a game against Colorado State on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Fayetteville.

FAYETTEVILLE -- It took nearly 25 minutes for the Arkansas Razorbacks to turn the ball over against Colorado State.

The Razorbacks didn't lose the ball until Rams guard Prentiss Nixon made a steal from Jaylen Barford with 15:02 left in the game.

By then the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville was well on its way to a 92-66 victory Tuesday night in Walton Arena with a 56-32 lead.

The Rams had 13 of their 19 turnovers before the Razorbacks had their first of what became a season-low five.

"We always talk about valuing the basketball, and I thought we had great ball movement with 22 assists," Arkansas Coach Mike Anderson said. "The ball was moving with purpose, and we were taking advantage of what their defense was giving us."

It was the first time the Razorbacks didn't have a turnover in the first half since they won 61-60 at Missouri on Jan. 24, 2015. The five turnovers also were the fewest for the Razorback since they had three in that game.

Colorado State Coach Larry Eustachy was impressed that the Razorbacks didn't have a turnover in the first half.

"I think that's as big of a stat as I've heard all year," Eustachy said. "That's a bunch of good players playing together and taking care of the ball."

Arkansas finished the game with a 27-6 advantage in points off of turnovers.

The Razorbacks' previous low for turnovers this season was nine against Fresno State.

Arkansas guard C.J. Jones said the players didn't realize until after the game they didn't have a turnover in the first half.

"I didn't even notice," Jones said. "We ended up with five, but that's pretty good for us. We moved the ball pretty well and shared it."

Cook plays

Arkansas senior forward Arlando Cook, who dressed out at Houston on Saturday night after being reinstated from a disciplinary suspension but didn't play, made his season debut against Colorado State.

Cook didn't score and shot 0 of 3 from the field, but he had 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal in 15 minutes off the bench.

"I thought Arlando played well," Arkansas Coach Mike Anderson said. "That was his first time out of the gate.

"He did all the gritty things I know he's capable of doing. It's just a matter of getting in a rhythm. He had some nice looks at the basket. But he gets those rebounds that don't just come to you. There are some rebounds you've got to go chase down, and he does that.

"He has a great understanding about defense, and fixing things on defense, and he's one of those guys that can flash to the open spot on offense.

"So we've got to get him even more ready. What that does is make our bench that much stronger."

Keeping up with Jones

Sophomore guard C.J. Jones matched his career-high with 19 points for the Razorbacks. It was his fourth consecutive game with at least 11 points.

Over the past four games Jones is averaging 15.2 points and has hit 20 of 37 shots, including 13 of 27 three-pointers.

Jenkins returns

Colorado State redshirt sophomore forward Lorenzo Jenkins played 10 more minutes against the Razorbacks than he did for them during his entire true freshman season.

Jenkins, a late signee by Arkansas for the 2015-2016 season, played in just one game for seven minutes before transferring to Colorado State. He played 17 minutes on Tuesday night and went scoreless on 0-of-4 shooting with 2 rebounds.

Bad timing

Colorado State's 19 turnovers included two shot clock violations within a 1:08 span during the first half.

Anderson vs. Eustachy

Arkansas Coach Mike Anderson improved to 4-0 in match-ups against Colorado State Coach Larry Eustachy.

Tuesday night's game was the first time the Rams have played the Razorbacks, but Anderson's Alabama-Birmingham teams were 3-0 against Eustachy's Southern Mississippi teams when both coached in Conference USA.

Eustachy is 1-2 all-time against Arkansas, including a 77-71 victory in Hilo, Hawaii, during the 1999-2000 season when he was at Iowa State and a 77-35 loss at Fayetteville during the 2005-2006 season when he was at Southern Mississippi.

Sports on 12/06/2017

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