Arkansas assistant coach David Patrick watched his team opened its 98th season of Menís Basketball with a 142-62 victory versus Mississippi Valley State at Bud Walton Arena.
Arkansas went a 28-0 run in the first half and held Mississippi Valley State scoreless for the first 2:57 of the first half to put the game away. Arkansas also out-rebounded MVSU, 58-33.
The win was the second-best night for scoring in Arkansas history.
The 142 points were the second-most points ever scored by Arkansas while the 82 second-half points were also the second-most scored by Arkansas in a half. (Both records for most points came versus U.S. International in a 166-101 victory on 12/9/89. Arkansas scored 88 second-half points in that win.)
The 80-point win is the second-largest margin of victory in school history. (The record is 82 points in a 128-46 win over Bethune-Cookman on Dec. 4, 1991.
Arkansas drained 20-of-40 from the 3-point range and was one triple shy of the school record of 21. (School record was set versus Troy by making 21-of-37 on Dec. 10, 1996.)
Connor Vanover led eight Arkansas players that reached double-digits with 23. The redshirt sophomore made 4-of-5 from 3-point range while adding three blocked shots and eight rebounds. Vance Jackson Jr., who also made four 3ís, finished with 15 points and seven rebounds. The graduate senior transfer scored his 1,000th career point, now with 1,005.
Others reaching double figures were Desi Sills (19), Moses Moody (16), Khalen Robinson (15), Justin Smith (13), JD Notae (13), and Jalen Tate (12). Jaylin Williams just missed a double-double, grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds with nine points.