By MIKE CAWOOD, arkansasrazorbacks.com
FAYETTEVILLE – Moses Moody scored a season-best 25; Davonte Davis had season highs with 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists; and Jalen Tate recorded his second double-double of the year to lead Arkansas (10-2, 2-2 SEC) to a 99-69 victory over Georgia (7-3, 0-3 SEC) Saturday afternoon at Bud Walton Arena.
The 30-point margin of victory was the eighth largest (tied) versus an SEC opponent for the Razorbacks and the largest since a 36-point win at Vanderbilt on Mar. 6, 2019.
The Razorbacks shot a blistering 57.1 percent (12-of-21) from 3-point range and had 24 assists on 36 made baskets to shoot 52.2 percent from the field overall. Arkansas – second in the SEC in rebound margin – also won the battle of the boards, 40-30, versus Georgia – first in the SEC in rebound margin.
The first half was a back-and-forth affair through the first 10 minutes. Arkansas used a 7-0 run to open a 32-24 lead. The Bulldogs answered with a 6-0 run only to see Arkansas reel off another 7-0 run that helped lead to a six-point halftime lead (43-37).
Unlike Tennessee where the Razorbacks led by seven at the break and could not hang on, Arkansas opened the second half a with a 16-6 start, capped with a 12-0 run to lead 61-43, and never looked back.
In addition to Moody and Davis, fellow freshman Jaylin Williams played a big part in the win with nine rebounds, two assists, two charges taken, a steal and a blocked shot.
Vance Jackson Jr., turned in his second straight solid performance with 15 points on 4-of-5 shooting from 3-point range. Tate finished with 15 points and 10 assists with four rebounds and two steals. JD Notae added 12 points off the bench, sinking 3-of-4 from 3-point range.
Andrew Garcia led Georgia, finishing with a double-double (15 points and 11 rebounds) while Toumani Camara also pumped in 15 points (10 coming in the first half, including all eight of Georgia’s first points). Sahvir Wheeler added 14 and P.J. Horne 10.
Up next, Arkansas hits the road for the first of two straight SEC road games. The Razorbacks will play at LSU on Wednesday (Jan. 13). Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPN2.
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