Razorback squads combine for 231 points in Red-White scrimmage.
FAYETTEVILLE — After Manny Watkins’ layup with one second left in regulation rescued the Red to secure a 106-106 overtime, Jaylen Barford’s overtime free throws put the Red ahead to stay for an eventual 118-113 victory over the White in the Arkansas Razorbacks’ annual Red-White intrasquad game Sunday afternoon at Walton Arena.
Junior college transfer guard Barford’s free throws with 19 seconds left in OT provided a 116-113 Red lead.
Anton Beard’s bid for a White tying trey with nine seconds left rimmed out to Red forward Trey Thompson. The junior from Madison via Forrest City sank them both icing the 118-113 finale.
Senior returning guard Watkins of Fayetteville, notable for being a sixth-man, blue-collar do the little things type player, did a lot of big things Sunday with a 25-points/14 rebounds double-double.
Watkins did everything but hit free throws, 1 for 7.
“ I would have had fricking 30 if I had hit free throws,” Watkins said.
“I am probably going to shoot 1,000 free throws tomorrow and it’s my birthday. I may shoot 2,000.”
Barford scored 23 with seven rebounds and seven assists for the Red while senior guard Dusty Hannahs scored 21 while hitting 5 of 10 threes. Red forward Dustin Thomas, redshirted last season transferring from the University of Colorado, scored 21 while freshman forward Brachen Hazen, 6 of 8 including 3 of threes scored 17 and Thompson tallied 11 with nine rebounds.
For the White, debuting junior college transfer guard Daryl Macon, a Little Rock Parkview grad out of high school, scored a game 28 including 4 of 8 treys and 6 of 8 free throws.
“As everyone knows I have always wanted to play here,” Macon said. “And to play my first game here I was very excited. My first half I had butterflies in my stomach. But as a I started scoring and getting into the game I just started having fun out there.”
White senior center Moses Kingsley, the SEC Preseason Player of the Year scored 27 with 12 boards and three blocked shots.
Kingsley touched the ball considerably less in the first half that the White trailed, 58-43 than the second half.
Did Arkansas Coach Mike Anderson, neutrally observing the game, tell the White staff to get Kingsley more touches?
“I think Moses told them,” Anderson said.
Moses’ message from 6-10 on high certainly was received.
“When you’ve got a guy like Moses on your team and he’s preseason SEC player of the year, you’ve got to feed him the ball,” Macon said. “I don’t think he can be stopped, by anybody in the SEC or in the country. So feeding him the ball is going to be a big part of the game this year.”
Junior 2-year letterman White point guard Beard did much of the feeding dealing 11 assists while scoring 16 points.
“Anton was running the show,” Anderson said. “He looked like the freshman of two years ago.”
Beard missed the first semester of last season under disciplinary suspension and never got untracked like his freshman year as the point guard of a 27 win team.
Freshman guard C.J. Jones scored 20 White points.
Junior college transfer forward Arlando Cook twice struck 13 with a 13 points-13 rebounds White double-double and freshman forward Adrio Bailey scored nine.
Anderson praised everybody’s offense in an entertaining show for the fans, allowed free admission with a donation of canned goods to the Jane B. Gearhart Food Bank assisting the needy in Northwest Arkansas.
The coach asserted he expects to see considerably better defense when the Razorbacks host Central Missouri in a 7 p.m. Friday exhibition game at Walton.
“ It was a game of offense, we know that,” Anderson said. “But it gave people a glimpse of some of the things I’ve been seeing practice, the potential with some of these guys. But let’s not get carried away. Let’s see what we do against someone other than ourselves. To me, it’s going to be a process with this team in terms of really making sure they understand it’s really going to be about our defense. Offense... I believe we can be able to score. But our defense is something I’m really looking forward to really getting better and better and better.”
The Red never trailed dominating the entire first half with Hannahs scoring 15, Thomas 14, and Watkins and Hazen 10 each.
The White surged an 8-0 run to start the second half and took its first lead, 106-104 on Jones’ 3-point with six seconds left in regulation before Watkins tied with a second to spare.