FAYETTEVILLE - With Daryl Macon making them like never before as a Razorback, surging Arkansas defeated the Ole Miss Rebels, 98-80 Saturday evening at Walton Arena.
Macon, the high scoring first-year junior college transfer guard and Little Rock Parkiew grad, previously had 23 points as his Razorbacks best. He surpassed scoring 30 points including six of eight treys as the Razorbacks won their third consecutive game and improved to 20-7 overall and 9-5 in the SEC heading into Wednesday night’s game at Walton against Texas A&M.
Jaylen Barford, Macon’s fellow junior college transfer guard, scored15 while junior 2-year letterman guard Anton Beard of North Little Rock scored 11.
Up front, Arkansas Coach Mike Anderson had hoped his excellent 6-10 center, Moses Kingsley, would neutralize excellent Ole Miss center Sebastian Saiz.
With help from junior big man Trey Thompson of Madison via Forrest City High, Kingsley did far more than merely neutralize Saiz.
They swamped him.
Kingsley doubled-doubled with 14 points and 13 rebounds and blocked 4 shots.
Thompson, 8 points 7 rebounds and 3 blocked shots alone bettered Saiz, 8 points shooting just 2 of 13, with five rebounds.
Ole Miss, now 16-11 overall, 7-7 in the SEC, did get huge scoring efforts from guards Deandre Burnett, 27 points, and Terence Davis, 21 points.
The Rebels also had a big night on the free-throw line, 20 of 27, but Arkansas achieved a bigger one, 24 of 27.