Arkansas Basketball 2021 . Smith powers Razorbacks over Colgate
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Fri, 19 Mar 2021 10:00:00 -0700
By Kenneth Cross
Justin Smith scored 29 points and added 13 rebounds and the Arkansas Razorbacks overcame a a sluggish start as the rolled to an 85-68
By Kenneth Cross
Justin Smith scored 29 points and added 13 rebounds and the Arkansas Razorbacks overcame a a sluggish start as the rolled to an 85-68 win over Colgate in Round 1 of the NCAA Tournament Friday afternoon.
The Razorbacks found themselves down 33-19 with 5:28 to play before halftime and Jalen Tate fueled a 17-0 run that gave Arkansas a 36-33 lead at the half.
“We were going to unleash it,” said Arkansas coach Eric Musselman of the pressure defense that led to the run.
“I didn’t know if it was going to be in the second half or if it was going to be in the first half, when it might be, but we were going to do that.”
The Razorbacks held the Red Raiders to 0-of-8 from the floor with seven turnovers in that 5S:28 stretch.
At that point the difference in athleticism and skill started to take control in the game.
Putting Smith at the five also helped Arkansas speed the game up and get themselves squared away to where they could eventually do the same in the second half.
“I think that changed the complexion, and I thought the last five minutes of the game as well,” said Musselman.
“So we closed the half out phenomenal, and then we closed the game out as well.”
The Razorbacks would need that panacea later as Colgate hit the second half with a quick start behind a pair of threes from star Jordan Burns in a 17-8 run which game the Red Raiders a 50-44 lead with 13:49 remaining.
From there JD Notae picked up the pace immeasurably as he scored 11 points through the middle of the half.
He hit a three and a pair of fee throws which gave the Hogs a 63-58 lead and then Notae capped a 10-0 run that buried Colgate for good as the Razorbacks went ahead 73-60 with 3:51 to go.
Moses Moody finished with 12 points on eight shots as Colgate decided not to leave him.
Of course with the talent on this team, it opened up Smith as well as four other Razorbacks who scored in double figures – Jalen Tate had 15, Notae netted 14 while Devo Davis joined Moody with 12.
Arkanss was phenomenal in turning defense into offense as the Hogs scored 34 points off of 22 Colgate turnovers.
Round of 32 bound.
— 3 Seed Arkansas Razorback Basketball 🐗 (@RazorbackMBB) March 19, 2021
Ken Cross, the self-proclaimed “CEO of College Hoops,” has a plethora of experience over a 20-plus year period in both print and broadcast journalism as a free-lancer on the east coast and in the Charlotte, NC area, in particular.
He started with the now defunct Sports Fan Radio Network in 1997 as a reporter, giving in-game updates and then facilitating postgame interviews with players on winning teams after games via smart phones.
He has also worked in the same capacity for ESPN Radio, CBS Sports Radio, Fox Sports Radio, Sporting News Radio, Yahoo! Sports Radio over the same period.
In print and on the Internet, Cross continues to write for Lindy’s Sports Annuals as one of the primary writers for the College Basketball preview as well as a writer on the Lindy’s College Football preview staff.
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He also writes preview material for Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook and covers Wake Forest basketball for Rivals.com.
Cross has a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Appalachian State University and a Master’s in English and Education from Radford University in Virginia.
He is a member of the US Basketball Writers Association and the Football Writers Association of America.
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Arkansas used a 17-0 run to end the first half and a key 10-0 run in the second half to win the Razorbacks' first NCAA Tournament game since 2017 with an
– Arkansas used a 17-0 run to end the first half and a key 10-0 run in the second half to win the Razorbacks’ first NCAA Tournament game since 2017 with an 85-68 victory over Colgate on Friday afternoon in the first round and Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Justin Smith was incredible, leading the Hogs with a career-high 29 points – going a career-best 11-of-13 at the free throw line – and 13 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the year and fourth in the last 11 games.
He tied his career-high with five steals and added two blocked shots to become just the second player to record 29-plus points, 13-plus rebounds, 5-plus steals and 2-plus blocks in an NCAA Tournament game, joining Kansas great Danny Manning in the 1988 championship game versus Oklahoma.
(Manning had 31 points, 18 rebounds, 5 steals and 2 rebounds.)
The Raiders entered the game second in the NCAA in scoring (86.3 ppg) and seventh in field goal percentage (.498) but were held to 18 points below their average (68 points) and 101 percentage points below their shooting percentage (.397).
During the 17-0 first-half run, Arkansas held Colgate scoreless for the final 5:28 in the first half, holding the Raiders to 0-of-8 shooting).
In the decisive 10-0, second-half run, Arkansas held the Raiders scoreless for 3:41.
Five Razorbacks scored in double figures with SEC Sixth Man of the Year J.D.
Notae adding 14 off the bench.
Jalen Tate had 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists with just one turnover.
Davonte Davis and Moses Moody each scored 12.
Davis added six rebounds, three assists and two steals (back-to-back possessions) to start the 17-0 run.
The Razorbacks forced 22 Colgate turnovers, the most for the Raiders since 2016, and allowed just seven second-choice while outscoring Colgate by 14 points in the second half.
Arkansas faces Texas Tech in the second round on Sunday (Mar.
The site and time will not be determined until the conclusion of all of today’s first round games.
FIRST HALF: Arkansas 36 – Colgate 33
SECOND HALF: Arkansas 49 – Colgate 35
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– March 19, 2021
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