Arkansas Tops Oklahoma In PK80 Opener
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Arkansas men’s basketball used a season-high 27 points from Daryl Macon as the Razorbacks pulled away late to knock off Oklahoma 92-83 in the opening round of the Phil Knight Invitational.
The match up featured two of the highest scoring teams in the country and Thursday sure did not disappoint. The Razorbacks shot 47.5 percent from the field in the first half, posting its second 50-point period of the season.
As the game would go back and forth in the first few minutes, the Hogs would get a spark off of the bench as freshman Daniel Gafford, the team leader in dunks, would have two in the first half, including a one-step slam from the free throw line.
The senior guard trio of Daryl Macon, Jaylen Barford and Anton Beard led the Razorbacks in the first half, as Arkansas was able to build as large as a 10-point advantage.
Macon went 5-of-9 from the field, 4-of-5 from three-point range, in the first half to give him 14 and lead the Razorbacks. Barford posted 13, while Beard was the third Razorback in double-figures at the break with 10.
In the second half, the two teams traded baskets the entire half, as Arkansas was only able to go up by six, at the most.
Macon would continue his scoring in the second half, finishing with a team and season-high 27 points, including making all seven free throws down the stretch. Macon has made 15 straight to open the season and has a streak of 22 straight, dating back to last season.
Oklahoma came into the game averaging 108.0 points per game. The Razorbacks were able to turn the Sooners over 19 times to hold Oklahoma to a season-low in scoring.
The Razorbacks will face No. 9 North Carolina tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. CT from the Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
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