No. 25 Arkansas returns to win column against Ole Miss
Little Rock, Arkansas – In a 69-57 victory over Ole Miss on Saturday at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, No. 25 Arkansas was led by freshman guard Anthony Black, who had a game-high 17 points and eight assists.
The victory ends the Hogs’ four-game losing run (13-6, 2-5 SEC).
The Razorbacks shot 35.2% from three during their losing streak. In their game against the Rebels, Arkansas overcame its shooting problems, completing 45.6% of its field goals and 40% of its three-point attempts, including 5-of-9 in the second half.
In the first half, Arkansas and Ole Miss (9-10, 1-6 SEC) traded baskets as the Hogs spent the majority of the time trying to catch up.
With 9:37 left in the first half, junior guard Davonte Davis made a fastbreak layup to reduce the Rebels’ advantage to 19-18. Davis scored 16 points in total, making 6 of 11 shots.
Joseph Pinion, a rookie guard, produced another outstanding performance on the court. With just under three minutes left in the first half, Pinion made back-to-back baskets to give Arkansas a 29-25 lead.
Myles Burnes, a senior forward for Ole Miss, made a pair of three-pointers before Pinion hit a three to give Arkansas a 32-27 lead.
Pinion had 13 points and five rebounds while shooting 50% overall, including 3-of-6 from three-point range.
Davis’ three-pointer gave the Razorbacks a 41-31 advantage five minutes into the second half.
In the second half, Arkansas maintained a 10-point lead the entire time and did not let Ole Miss close the gap.
Jordan Walsh, a rookie guard, led the team with seven rebounds and finished with 13 points for Arkansas. The Hogs limited the Rebels to 44.2% field goal shooting and 38.2% from beyond the arc.
In order to win, Arkansas’ defense forced 17 errors.