FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) _ C.J. Jones matched his career high with 19 points and
Arkansas used a furious comeback from an early deficit to rally and stay perfect
at home with a 92-66 win over Colorado State on Tuesday night.
The win comes on the heels of a blowout loss at Houston last weekend for the
Razorbacks (6-2), who were playing in Bud Walton Arena for the first time in 18
days. Arkansas has now won its four home games this season by an average margin
of 25.3 points.
Jones has now scored 19 points in two of the last three games for the
Razorbacks, previously doing so in a blowout win over UConn. Jaylen Barford also
had 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting for Arkansas, and freshman Daniel Gafford
added 14 points off the bench.
Prentiss Nixon led the Rams (4-5) with a career-high 31 points, topping his
previous best of 30 against Kansas State last season. Nixon finished 8 of 13
from the field, including 5 of 8 on 3-pointers, and hit 10 of 11 free throws.
Colorado State led 13-2 early in the game, but Arkansas answered with a 24-3
run and closed out the first half with a 45-16 stretch to lead 47-29 at
Colorado State: The Rams struggled to shoot the ball (36.5 percent) on Tuesday
and with turnovers (19) that led to 27 Arkansas points. More than anything,
however, they simply couldn't do enough to pressure the Razorbacks into mistakes
on their home court. Arkansas committed a season-low five turnovers and didn't
have its first until nearly 25 minutes into the game.
Arkansas: Razorbacks coach Mike Anderson will have to consider starting the
talented Gafford moving forward, especially ahead of a matchup with Minnesota on
Saturday. Arkansas trailed 11-0 in its loss to Houston, and it was down 10-0 on
Tuesday night before dominating the rest of the half. With Gafford on the court,
the Razorbacks outscored the Rams by 25 points in the first half.
The Razorbacks remain at home to face the No. 14 Gophers on Saturday.
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