Hogs overwhelm North Dakota State for routine win, 71-55

In the first-ever meeting between the two schools, Arkansas defeated North Dakota State in Bud Walton Arena on Tuesday night, 71-55.

Arkansas moves to 10-1 on the season to improve its best start under head coach Mike Anderson.

In the first half, the Razorback defense used two three-plus minute scoring droughts to hold North Dakota State to the lowest scoring total by an Arkansas opponent in a half this season (21), as the Bison shot 26.7 percent (8-of-30) from the field in the opening period.

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The Bison opened the second half on an 8-2 run to tie the game at 29-29 before the Hogs defense forced North Dakota State into another scoring drought. Arkansas used the 5:14 drought to build a 16-0 run, the 12th run of at least 10-0 this season, to take a 45-29 lead.

Arkansas was able to eventually extend that lead to 20, marking the fourth game this year the Razorbacks have recorded a lead of 20 points or more.

The Razorbacks have now held their opponents scoreless for three or more minutes 22 times this season.

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Arkansas shot well from the charity stripe once again as a team. The Razorbacks went 14-of-16 (87.5 percent) from the free throw line and has now made 43 of the last 47 free throws (91.5 percent) in the last two games.

Junior guard Daryl Macon extended his streak of consecutive made free throws to 21 straight.

Macon led all Razorbacks for the second straight game with 15 points to go with six rebounds and a game-high five assists.

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Moses Kingsley, Dusty Hannahs and Anton Beard all finished with 11 points for Arkansas.

Kingsley finished two rebounds shy of recording his second double-double this season, finishing with 11 points, eight rebounds and one blocked shot.

Hannahs improved his streak of consecutive double figure scoring games to 18.

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Arkansas will take its annual trip to central Arkansas on Thursday as the Razorbacks face the Sam Houston State Bearkats at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock at 7 p.m.