By KURT VOIGT, AP Sports Writer
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Daryl Macon scored at least 20 points for a seventh straight game to help Arkansas get back to .500 in the Southeastern Conference with a 72-54 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday night.
Macon finished with 21 points for the Razorbacks (17-8, 6-6 SEC), and the senior is one game away from matching former Arkansas great Corliss Williamson’s streak of eight straight games with at least 20 points. Williamson’s scoring stretch came during the Razorbacks national championship season of 1993-94.
Daniel Gafford and Jaylen Barford finished with 16 points apiece for Arkansas, with Gafford adding nine rebounds and seven blocks. Barford was 4 of 6 on 3-pointers for the Razorbacks, who won their second straight after disappointing road losses at Texas A&M and LSU last week.
Five players finished with eight points to lead the Commodores (9-16, 3-9), who shot only 25 percent (14 of 56) in the loss.
Vanderbilt: The Commodores shot a season-best 55.1 percent in their 81-66 win over Georgia earlier in the week. On Saturday, they were unable to follow up that hot shooting — making only 4 of 26 shots (15.4 percent) in the first half while surrendering a 15-0 run and falling behind 28-21 at halftime.
Arkansas: Macon’s streak of 20-point games began with a 20-point effort in a win over Mississippi on Jan. 20, and the senior will try and match Williamson’s streak when the Razorbacks once again face the Rebels on Tuesday. Macon had only six points on 2-of-8 shooting at halftime on Saturday, but he hit 5 of 9 shots in the second half and finished 4 of 6 on 3-pointers.
Vanderbilt hosts Mississippi State on Wednesday.
The Razorbacks are at Mississippi on Tuesday.
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