The Arkansas Razorbacks (9-5, 0-1 SEC) were looking to steal a win on the road in College Station against Texas A&M. The Aggies had other plans as they crushed the Hogs in Reed Arena by a score of 69-51.
Guard Fabyon Harris of the Texas A&M Aggies (11-3, 1-0 SEC) led all scorers with 17 points in their SEC debut.
The Razorbacks led by a score of 24-21 in the 1st half before the Aggies ended the half on an 8-0 run and never looked back. Texas A&M extended their run to 15-0 by scoring the first 7 points coming out of halftime.
From that point, the rout was on as the Hogs trailed by as many as 23 points in the 2nd half.
The Hogs halfcourt defense was good in the first half as they held the Aggies to 30% shooting from the field. Rebounding and missed opportunities at the free-throw line led to their demise in this ballgame against their old SWC rival.
The Aggies dominated the Hogs on the boards 47-25. They were out-rebounded 16-6 on the offensive glass. In addition to getting pounded on the offensive boards, the Razorbacks also continued to shoot themselves in the foot by missing 11 of their 15 free-throw attempts.
For a Mike Anderson coached team, the Hogs didn’t play with the energy and effort that you would expect. Especially considering the fact that this was the first game of a grueling SEC schedule.
“I thought that we did some good things in the first half,” Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson said after the game. “They took the fight to us and it showed in the rebounding. The tempo favored them and they wanted it more.”
The Hogs must regroup quickly against a Vanderbilt team that lost a close game at home to the Kentucky Wildcats on Thursday night by a score of 60-58. The Hogs will host the Vanderbilt Commodores (6-7, 0-1 SEC) on Saturday in Fayetteville at Bud Walton Arena. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m.
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