Hogs take care of business in exhibition against Emporia State

Arkansas defeated Emporia State, 94-44, Friday night in its final exhibition contest of the season inside Bud Walton Arena.

Mike Anderson moves to 12-0 in exhibition games at Arkansas, beating those teams by an average of 35.6 points per game. Anderson also improves to 30-0 all-time as a head coach in exhibition contests.

The Razorbacks and the Hornets traded buckets early on, but Arkansas used 14 turnovers to go along with a 44-10 run with 16:46 left in the first half to pull to a 49-16 halftime lead. Senior big man Moses Kingsley scored 12 of his 16 points during the run, including 10 straight by himself.

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Arkansas opened the second half on another impressive run. The Razorbacks scored 15 unanswered points as a part of a 21-4 run with six straight coming off three turnovers in the backcourt. Arkansas scored 42 points off 30 turnovers. In the two exhibition games, Arkansas has outscored its opponents 96-34 in the paint. The Razorbacks shot 76 percent from the charity stripe, making 25-of-33 free throws.

Once again, the Razorbacks used their depth as five players scored in double figures. Junior guard Daryl Macon scored a game-high 21 points to go along with three rebounds and three assists. Seven Razorbacks pulled down at least three rebounds, including Adrio Bailey who had a game-high eight boards. Arkansas went 32-of-59 from the field as a team, shooting 54 percent.

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“We do a good job sharing the basketball. We are a team that wants to get to the free throw line and our defense does a good job of spreading the responsibility, so we are able to keep possession of the ball. I want guys to play on both ends of the court. We did what we were supposed to do and we are able to develop confidence from that.” – Coach Mike Anderson

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“We will be tested this season. We have a tough schedule and we have to play like we want the basketball. We have to play like we want to win in every game.” – Coach Mike Anderson

Arkansas will open the regular season next Friday, Nov. 11 against non-conference opponent Fort Wayne at 7 p.m. inside Bud Walton Arena. The Mastodons are the preseason favorite to capture the Summit League Championship.