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Jaw-Dropping Second Half Shows These Hogs Coming Together

All Hogs
All Hogs
 2022-12-04

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With a complete roster finally able to play, Razorbacks coming together.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas may have given a clue what they can be after halftime Saturday afternoon.

After a stumbling first half, they out-scored the out-manned Spartans, 49-23, for a 99-58 win with all the walking wounded back on the floor and starting to figure it out.

"We really looked like a connected team," Hogs coach Eric Musselman said later.

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Arkansas Razorbacks Ricky Council has a big dunk in a 99-58 win over San Jose State on Saturday at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Ark. (Gunnar Rathbun / Arkansas Communications)

It wasn't really surprising they didn't look connected at times in the first half with a defensive collapse in the last minute there that had Musselman jumping up and down like a shortstop that just won the World Series.

Things got better in the second half as what he later admitted was the deepest team he's had at the college level took complete control.

"Tonight was the first time our full roster was together and we looked like it in the first half," Musselman said. "We struggled a little bit with trying to figure things out. I know I struggled as well with substitution patterns and stuff.

"The second half the guys settled in, and they played with great offensive freedom."

Arkansas Razorbacks forward Trevon Brazile (2) celebrates after a play in the second half against the San Jose State Spartans at Bud Walton Arena. Arkansas won 99-58. (Nelson Chenault / USA TODAY Sports)

Trevon Brazile scored a career-high 23 points and Ricky Council IV added 17 points. Nick Smith, Jr., got his first career start and saw his most extensive work since missing the first six games with an injury, scored 16 points with five assists.

"Tonight he played with great freedom, even mentally," Musselman said about Smith. "He knew there was no minutes restriction on him. He changes our team offensively with his ability to make threes and beat people off the bounce."

It's clearly a different team with everybody back.

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Arkansas Razorbacks guard Nick Smith Jr (3) celebrates in the second half against the San Jose State Spartans at Bud Walton Arena. Arkansas won 99-58. (Nelson Chenault / USA TODAY Sports)

Despite 12 lead changes, Arkansas controlled most of the first half, but only led by five at the break. The Razorbacks, up three (44-41) at the 17:27 mark in the second half, reeled off a 15-2 run to take 16-point lead and never looked back.

Arkansas shot a blistering 75.9 percent (22-of-29) from the field, including 5-of-7 from 3-point range, while holding the Spartans to just 9-of-26 (34.6%) overall and 2-of-11 (18.2%) from deep.

Brazile scored 14 of his 23 in the second half and Council scored 10 of his 17 in the period.

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The biggest boost in the second half came from Jalen Graham who scored 11 points with six rebounds in 11:39 played – all in the final 20 minutes.

San Jose State was led by Omari Moore with 21 points, but he only scored five second-half points. Sage Tolbert finished with a double-double (12 points and 11 rebounds).

Arkansas concludes the current three-game homestand on Tuesday (Dec. 6) versus UNC Greensboro. Tipoff at Bud Walton Arena is set for 6 p.m. and the game will be televised on the SEC Network.

Hogs’ Trevon Brazile, Nick Smith Recap Win (TV-G; 9:02)

FIRST HALF: Arkansas 40, San Jose State 35

• The first half featured 12 lead changes, but Arkansas did lead 12:34 compared to San Jose State leading just 3:01.

• Arkansas used a 9-0 run to take a 38-31 late in the first half.

• San Jose scored the next four points before Ricky Council IV his two free throws with 0.4 seconds left before the break to provide the 40-35 score at the break.

• Nick Smith Jr., led Arkansas with 11 points and four assists while Trevon Brazile had nine points and four rebounds.

• San Jose State was led by Omari Moore’s 16 points while Sage Tolbert grabbed eight rebounds.

• Both teams shot the ball well as San Jose State was 14-31 (45.2%) from the field and Arkansas was 15-of-30 (50%).

• Arkansas had 10 assists on its 15 made field goals.

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Arkansas Razorbacks forward Trevon Brazile (2) dunks the ball in the second half against the San Jose State Spartans at Bud Walton Arena. Arkansas won 99-58. (Nelson Chenault / USA TODAY Sports)

SECOND HALF: Arkansas 59, San Jose State 23

• Arkansas only led by three (44-41) at the 17:27 mark of the second half.

• The +36 scoring margin in the second half ties for the ninth-biggest point differential in a half since 1945. (It ties for the sixth-largest in the second half alone.)

• Arkansas only missed seven field goals in the second half (22-of-29) and no player missed more than one shot from the field.

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GAME NOTES

• Arkansas’ starting lineup was Anthony Black, Nick Smith Jr., Ricky Council IV, Jordan Walsh and Makhi Mitchell for the first time this season.

• Arkansas won the tip.

• Makhi Mitchell scored the game’s first points, an alley-oop layup from Anthony Black at 19:08.

• Trevon Brazile was the first Razorback sub for the eighth straight game.

• Arkansas had six “and-one” old fashion 3-point plays in the game.

• Nick Smith made his first collegiate basket at 17:57, a 3-pointer from the right wing.

• Arkansas was at its season scoring average (77 points) with 8:09 left in the game, leading 77-52.

• Second-year walkon Cade Argobast scored his first collegiate points, hitting a 3-pointer from the right wing with 1:32 left in the game.

• This is the first game all 15 Razorbacks played in a game this season and 10 scored.

• Arkansas had a season-high 22 assists, including six from Black, five from Smith, three from Davonte Davis and three from Derrian Ford.

• Joseph Pinion made his first career 3-pointer.

Information from Arkansas Communications is included in this story.

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