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Arkansas 85, UNC Asheville 51

(AP Photo/Michael Woods)

By ERIC W. BOLIN
Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Jalen Graham scored a season-high 16 points and No. 10 Arkansas breezed past UNC Asheville 85-51 on Wednesday night.

Graham, who hadn't played more than 11 minutes in a game this season, logged 19 minutes and shot 8 of 10 from the field as the Razorbacks (11-1) shot 53.3% overall.

Arkansas was missing standout freshman Nick Smith Jr. The team announced before the game the 6-foot-5 guard, who's projected as an NBA lottery pick, would be out indefinitely with a right knee injury.

Taijon Jones led UNC Asheville (8-5) with 14 points and Jamon Battle scored 10.

The Razorbacks led by as many as 25 points in the first half behind 63% shooting. Graham and Ricky Council, who finished with 12 points, had both reached double-digit scoring totals by halftime.

No Arkansas player logged more than 28 minutes as coach Eric Musselman played half his bench for a bulk of the final 30 minutes. Freshmen Anthony Black and Joseph Pinion had 10 points apiece.

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Arkansas hasn't needed Smith through most of its nonconference schedule, but his injury could be a big factor for the Razorbacks when they begin Southeastern Conference play after Christmas.

December 21, 2022


UNC Asheville
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
N. McMullen F 23 2-4 1-2 0-0 1-2 1 0 0 3 3 5
D. Pember F 23 1-7 2-2 1-4 2-4 1 1 2 3 4 5
T. Jones G 35 6-9 1-1 1-2 0-2 0 0 0 0 0 14
J. Battle G 33 3-10 4-8 0-1 2-3 2 0 0 3 2 10
T. Stephney G 26 3-7 0-0 0-2 0-4 1 0 1 6 1 6
C. Burgess   22 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 2 0 0 4 2 2
A. Caldwell   16 2-4 1-2 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 5
A. Sylla   13 1-5 0-0 0-0 2-8 1 3 0 1 3 2
S. Mason   6 1-2 0-3 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 0 1 2
D. Gabrelcik   3 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Z. Maddox   1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Stephens   1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   202 20-50
(.400)
9-18
(.500)
2-12
(.167)
9-28 9 4 3 20 17 51


Arkansas
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
J. Walsh F 19 1-2 2-2 0-0 0-4 1 0 2 1 4 4
M. Mitchell F 16 4-5 1-4 0-0 0-1 3 2 3 0 2 9
D. Davis G 28 3-5 2-2 1-2 1-2 3 0 0 2 1 9
A. Black G 25 2-7 4-6 2-5 0-3 3 0 2 2 3 10
R. Council IV G 25 5-10 2-2 0-1 1-2 2 0 1 1 2 12
K. Johnson   22 3-6 1-2 0-0 5-7 2 0 3 0 2 7
J. Graham   19 8-10 0-0 0-0 1-3 1 1 2 1 2 16
J. Pinion   19 4-6 0-0 2-4 0-1 3 0 1 0 0 10
D. Ford   9 0-2 2-2 0-0 0-3 2 0 0 0 0 2
M. Mitchell   8 2-4 2-2 0-0 1-3 0 3 1 2 1 6
B. Dunning Jr.   5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
C. Arbogast   2 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-1 0 0 0 0 1 0
L. Blake   2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 0 1 0
Totals   199 32-60
(.533)
16-22
(.727)
5-13
(.385)
11-36 20 6 15 10 19 85
Officials: Terry Oglesby, K.B. Burdett, Hunter Allen




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