By Mark Lane (@therealmarklane)
FAYETTEVILLE — Guard Jaylen Barford led the Arkansas Razorbacks with 16 points over the Texas A&M Aggies 86-77 Wednesday night at Bud Walton Arena.
The Hogs sweep the season series against the Aggies and also defend their home court against Texas A&M for the ninth consecutive time while also notching the 100th win against the Aggies against 55 losses.
Barford went 6-11 from field goal range, including 4-4 from the free throw line, in 24 minutes of play. He also grabbed two rebounds and had two steals.
Aggies center Tyler Davis led all scorers with 21 points. He also grabbed seven rebounds and had two blocks and an assist in 33 minutes, but weren’t enough to overcome the Razorbacks.
Texas A&M had trouble with turnovers as they turned the ball over 17 times and gave the Razorbacks 21 extra points. They only led by two points, their largest lead of the game, with 15:25 in the first half. The Razorbacks took back the lead and kept the Aggies at bay until the final two minutes when the Hogs pulled away.
“I thought the second half was a tale of two halves,” Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson told the SEC Network postgame. “I thought in the second half we did a better job on attacking those guys, getting to the free throw line.”
Sensational freshman forward Robert Williams had 16 points and 11 rebounds in 35 minutes, notching his team-high ninth double-double of the season. He also swatted three shots to extend his streak of games with a blocked shot to 27, leading the NCAA. Williams’ three blocks also gave him his 21st multi-block game of the season. He fouled out with 12.3 seconds to go in the game.
His Hogs counterpart, Moses Kingsley, also had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
“How about Moses?” asked Anderson. “He didn’t play particularly well in the first half, but we unleashed the beast in the second half. He ended up with a double-double. So, we got a lot of parts that are starting to play well. And that’s what you want this time of year.”
The Razorbacks’ were a little under the Aggies in points in the paint with Texas A&M scoring 46 and Arkansas scoring 44. The Aggies also had a margin of two in the rebounding department with 35 to Arkansas’ 33.
The Arkansas bench outscored Texas A&M 27-4. SEC Player of the Week Daryl Macon had 12 points, going 3-7 from field goal range and adding four assists and a steal in 25 minutes played.
Arkansas, who improves to 21-7 on the year and 10-5 in SEC play, goes to Auburn Saturday to try to overtake the South Carolina Gamecocks as the third seed in the conference tournament. The action can be heard on Fox Sports Radio 1400 with pregame at 7:00 p.m. and Chuck Barrett bringing play-by-play for the 7:30 p.m. tip-off.
Texas A&M will go home Saturday to Reed Arena for a showdown with Alabama at 7:00 p.m. on 94.1 FM ESPN Texarkana. Pregame will commence at 6:30 p.m. with Dave South on the call and Mike Caruso providing color commentary.