Arkansas improved to 8-1 on the season Saturday night as the Razorbacks knocked off North Florida, 91-76, in Bud Walton Arena.
The Razorbacks have now won at least eight of their first nine games for just the second time in the last seven years and the 10th time since joining the Southeastern Conference.
The Hogs and Ospreys went into the half tied at 44 after trading buckets for nearly the entire first period. Arkansas was able to manufacture a 10-0 run midway through the first but North Florida climbed back in with the help of its three point shooting, making seven of its 12 three pointers in the opening frame.
For the second straight game, Dusty Hannahs scored 10 points in the first half, improving his streak of double figure scoring games to 16 straight. Hannahs finished the night with a team-high 17 points to go along with three assists and his first career block.
After trading baskets for the first part of the second half, Arkansas made an 11-0 run, largely in part to back-to-back three point baskets by Daryl Macon, to give the Razorbacks a 73-63 lead. Arkansas turned up the defensive pressure in the second half, forcing 11 of its 19 turnovers in the final period.
With a 21 assist performance Saturday night, Arkansas is one of six teams in the nation with 5 games of 20-plus assists this year. The Razorbacks are now 37-3 under head coach Mike Anderson when Arkansas reaches 20 assists and 5-0 this season.
Moses Kingsley continues to be a force in the paint. The SEC’s active leader in double-doubles picked up the 19th of his career on Saturday night with a 13 point and 10 rebound performance. Kingsley had another block, which makes it 39 of the last 42 games that he has recorded a swat.
Arkansas’ bench came up big once again, outscoring North Florida 36-6. The Razorbacks also outscored the Ospreys in fast break points, improving Arkansas’ margin over opponents to 148-48 this season. The Hogs have yet to trail in fast break points this season.
The Razorbacks will travel to Houston, Texas next week to participate in the Lone Star Shootout on Saturday, Dec. 17 at the Toyota Center. Arkansas will tip it up against the Texas Longhorns at 1:30 p.m. on ESPNU.