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Arkansas sinks Mississippi State with 16 3-pointers

1718 days ago
Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Anthlon Bell and Dusty Hannahs combined to hit 13 of Arkansas' season-high 16 3-pointers as the Razorbacks won their second straight game with an 82-68 victory over Mississippi State on Saturday.

Hannahs finished with a career-high 26 points and Bell 25 for Arkansas (8-7, 2-1 Southeastern Conference), which was 16 of 24 overall from behind the arc.

Hannahs led the way from outside, hitting a career-high eight 3-pointers and topping his previous best of seven -- coming in 2014 while playing at Texas Tech.

Bell was 5 of 7 on 3-pointers, and Moses Kingsley added 13 points for the Razorbacks.

Craig Sword led the Bulldogs (7-7, 0-2) with 21 points, while Gavin Ware added 14.

After leading 36-32 at halftime, Arkansas opened the second half on a 12-2 run to push its lead to 48-34 -- capped by a 3-pointer by Bell.

It was Bell's fourth 3-pointer of the game, marking the first time in his career the senior has hit at least four from behind the arc in three straight games. He finished 9 of 17 from the field overall and scored in double figures for the 14th time in 15 games this season.

Mississippi State closed Arkansas' lead to 62-59 after an inside basket by Sword, but the Razorbacks closed the game on a 20-9 run to secure their second straight SEC win -- and it was Hannahs who put the finishing touches on the game.

The junior put Arkansas up 65-59 with his sixth 3-pointer of the game, and he followed by banking one in to put the Razorbacks up 74-63. Following his career-best eighth 3-pointer, putting Arkansas up 80-63, Hannahs waved his arms to the crowd as he ran back down the court.

The 3-point shooting percentage (66.7 percent) matches Arkansas' school record, and the 16 made 3-pointers are tied for the ninth most in school history.

Bell had 15 points in the first half, going 6 of 10 from the field and 3 of 4 from behind the arc. Hannahs added three 3-pointers, following Bell's last of the half with one of his own to put Arkansas up 32-27.

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Mississippi State: Ware was 5 of 16 from the field for the Bulldogs, who were 24 of 64 (37.5 percent) from the field overall and unable to keep up with an Arkansas team that shot 50 percent (28 of 56) overall.

Arkansas: Jabril Durham finished with 10 points and 12 assists for the Razorbacks, the fifth time the senior has finished in double figures in assists in a game this season. He also had six of Arkansas' 10 steals.

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Mississippi State is at No. 9 Kentucky on Tuesday.

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