Baford’s career best leads Arkansas to second straight rout

By KURT VOIGT, AP Sports Writer FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Jaylen Barford scored 22 points and freshman Daniel Gafford added 16 on 8-of-8 shooting to help Arkansas continue its hot start at home with a 95-79 win over No. 14 Minnesota on Saturday night. The victory is the first for the Razorbacks (7-2) over a top 15 team since defeating No. 5 Texas A&M during the 2015-16 season, and it extends their home winning streak to eight games. Arkansas is averaging 93.2 points per game in five wins at home this season. Barford entered the game second in the Southeastern Conference in scoring at 19.6 per game, and he finished 9 of 15 from the field. Gafford scored his points in 21 minutes, and C.J. Jones finished with 15 points on 5-of-7 3-point shooting. Daryl Macon added 12 points and Anton Beard had 10 for the Razorbacks. The loss is the third in the last four games for the Golden Gophers, who lost earlier in the week at Nebraska. Jordan Murphy led Minnesota (8-3) with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Amir Coffey had 18 points and Nate Mason 17 in the loss. BIG PICTURE Minnesota: Senior Reggie Lynch entered the game averaging 11.6 points, 8.6 rebounds and a national-best 4.5 blocks per game. The 6-foot-10 Lynch rarely had the chance to affect much of the game on Saturday, committing four fouls in his first 6 minutes of action and finishing with five points in 14 minutes. Arkansas: The Razorbacks entered Saturday having won their four home games by an average of 25.3 points per game. They were nearly as dominant against the Gophers, leading from start to finish and by as many as 19 points in the second half while making their case for a Top 25 ranking. Barford Gafford Arkansas Minnesota UP NEXT Minnesota returns home to face Drake on Monday night. The Razorbacks are off for finals before hosting Troy on Dec. 16. Razorbacks basketball games are live on the radio in Texarkana on Fox Sports Radio 1400. Razorbacks basketball games are live in Camden, Arkansas on Fox Sports Radio 92.7 FM and in Glenwood, Arkansas the Hogs basketball games are live on KHGZ, 98.9 FM. ___ More AP college basketball: http://collegebasketball.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_Top25 ___ Follow Kurt Voigt on Twitter at @Kurt_Voigt_AP

By KURT VOIGT, AP Sports Writer

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Jaylen Barford scored a career-high 27 points to lead Arkansas to its second straight dominating performance and a 101-73 win over Bucknell on Sunday.


Barford hit 9 of his first 10 shots and finished 10 of 15 from the field for the Razorbacks (2-0), who opened their season on Friday with a 95-56 win over Samford. The senior’s previous best was a 23-point effort against South Carolina last season.

Daryl Macon scored 21 points

Daryl Macon added 21 points and hit 3 of 6 3-pointers for Arkansas, while 6-foot-11 freshman Daniel Gafford scored 15 points in only 16 minutes before fouling out for a second straight game. Gafford was 5 of 7 from the field, and the Razorbacks hit 53.5 percent (38 of 71) of their shots overall.

Zach Thomas led the Bison (0-2) with 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Nana Foulland had 17 points. Stephen Brown added 13 points and 9 assists for Bucknell.

BIG PICTURE
Bucknell: The Bison remained winless through two games despite returning 93 percent of its offense from last year’s 26-9 team that narrowly lost in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament to West Virginia. Thomas followed up his 30-point, 16-rebound effort in an opening loss to Monmouth with another solid outing, but the preseason Patriot League favorite had few answers for an experienced Arkansas team intent on reaching the NCAA Tournament for a third time in four seasons.

Arkansas: There is little positive to be said through two games about the rolling Razorbacks, who followed up their 57.1 percent shooting in the season-opening win by once again running an opponent off the court. Arkansas didn’t come close to matching its 28 overall assists in the opener on Sunday, but it is now shooting 55.2 percent (74 of 134) as a team for the season — with Barford and Macon leading the way.

UP NEXT
Bucknell continues its early stretch again Power 5 Conference competition when it travels to No. 9 North Carolina on Wednesday.

The Razorbacks stay home to face Fresno State on Friday.
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