Graham, No. 10 Arkansas breeze past UNC Asheville 85-51

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Arkansas guard Joseph Pinion (5) scores on a fast break against UNC Asheville during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Jalen Graham scored a season-high 16 points and No. 10 Arkansas breezed past UNC Asheville 85-51.

Graham, who hadn’t played more than 11 minutes in a game this season, logged 19 minutes and shot 8 of 10 from the field as the Razorbacks shot 53.3% overall. Arkansas was missing standout freshman Nick Smith Jr.

Smith Jr. is out with a knee injury

The team announced before the game the 6-foot-5 guard, who’s projected as an NBA lottery pick, would be out indefinitely with a right knee injury.

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Taijon Jones led UNC Asheville with 14 points and Jamon Battle scored 10.