In a dominant effort, Arkansas snapped its three-game losing streak Wednesday night, thoroughly beating Missouri up and down the floor in an 87-43 victory at Fayetteville, Ark.
Arkansas recorded its largest margin of victory of the season and its first Southeastern Conference triumph of the campaign.
Leading the Razorbacks (11-5, 1-3 SEC) was JD Notae, who scored 19 points. Arkansas also got a boost from Trey Wade, who notched 17 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Davonte Davis added 15 points, six rebounds and four assists, while Jaylin Williams tallied 13 points and 10 boards for his second straight double-double.
The Razorbacks bolted out to a 30-5 lead to start the game. During that stretch over the first 11 minutes of play, both Notae and Wade had nine points apiece on a combined 7-of-11 shooting.
As everything went right for Arkansas, the first half was a nightmare for Missouri (7-8, 1-2). The Tigers couldn’t replicate the stellar play that powered them to an upset over then-No. 15 Alabama on Saturday. Missouri shot just 3 of 25 from the floor (12 percent) and turned the ball over 11 times in the first half against the Razorbacks.
Arkansas, meanwhile, made 51.5 percent of its shots from the floor in the opening half and scored 16 points off the Tigers’ turnovers.
By halftime, the game might as well have been over. Arkansas led by 34 points, a deficit that proved to be insurmountable.
In all, Arkansas connected on 32 of 64 shots from the floor, outrebounded Missouri 39-31 and had 18 assists to just eight turnovers. The Razorbacks won by being efficient inside, outscoring the Tigers 44-22 in the paint. Arkansas sank just 4 of 19 shots from 3-point range.
Javon Pickett was the leader for Missouri with 12 points, while Jarron Coleman added 11 points and three assists. Kobe Brown — who scored a career-best 30 points against Alabama — was limited to six points on 3-of-11 shooting.
Missouri will aim to bounce back from the loss when it hosts Texas A&M on Saturday. On the same day, Arkansas will travel to No. 12 LSU.
–Field Level Media