FAYETTEVILLE — Though Arkansas Razorbacks fans got “Moore” than some bargained for, their Razorbacks did win the game, 91-76, over the North Florida Ospreys Saturday afternoon at Walton Arena.
Arkansas improvex to 8-1 and breaks for final exams before playing the Texas Longhorns next Saturday afternoon in Houston.
Outstanding North Florida guard Dallas Moore scored 34 points, 22 in the 44-44 first half. He hit six free throws and was four of nine on 3-pointers and some incredible buckets inside, too.
Moore wasn’t North Florida’s lone ranger.
The Ospreys, 3-8 but against a “monster schedule,” Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said, hit 12 of 30 treys for the game including four of nine by Aaron Bodager, 14 points, one trey among Garrett Sams’ 10 points, and two of two treys among Wajid Aminu’s eight points.
Arkansas’ superior depth, outscoring the Ospreys, 36-6 on bench points, rebounding, 42-27 and inside play enabling the Hogs to attempt 32 free throws, and hit 24, to North Florida’s 12 of 19, especially asserted itself in the Razorbacks’ 47-32 second half.
Senior guard Dusty Hannahs off the bench led Arkansas with 17 points while starting guard Jaylen Barford scored 14, guard Daryl Macon scored 13 and center Moses Kingsley double-doubled with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Though outscored 21-3 on first-half threes, Arkansas finished the first half dead even, 44-44 on the scoreboard.
The Razorbacks had the last lead, 44-42, until Moore’s two free throws achieved the 44-44 tie with four seconds left.
Moore hit four of North Florida’s seven first-half threes and scored 22 points playing all 20 first-half minutes.
Hannahs, hitting Arkansas’ lone first half three among the eight tried treys by the Hogs in the first half, led Arkansas with 10 first-half points.
Two points, 12-10, marked the Ospreys’ largest first-half lead at 13:51.
The Razorbacks responded reeling a 10-0 for their biggest first-half lead, 20-12 at 10:39.
North Florida tied it 30-30 by 5:26.
Arkansas took a 10-point lead at 9:57 of the second half that the Opreys cut to six.
The Razorbacks sealed following two Dustin Thomas free throws with a Manuale Watkins steal to Anton Beard layup for an 83-73 lead at 4:23 followed by a Hannahs deuce at 3:40.