Hannahs' hot shooting sparks Arkansas to 93-75 win
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Dusty Hannahs did his best to put on a brave face while sitting out last season at Arkansas, despite being miserable while unable to play.
The Texas Tech transfer continued to make the most of his return to the court in his home state on Friday night, hitting all five of his 3-point attempts and finishing with 21 points in 25 minutes as the Razorbacks defeated Charleston Southern 93-75.
The win follows a loss to Akron on Wednesday for Arkansas, one which snapped the school's 25-game home winning streak against nonconference opponents.
It was Hannahs who keyed a hot-shooting performance for the Razorbacks, who hit 32 of 59 shots (54.2 percent) in the comfortable win. The junior finished 7 of 9 from the field overall, and he's now 11 of 16 (68.8 percent) on 3-pointers this season.
''Sitting out makes you really want to play the game you love,'' Hannahs said. ''That was the first year I hadn't played basketball since I was probably 4-years-old, so you're definitely chomping at the bit to play.''
Moses Kingsley added 15 points and Manuale Watkins and Jimmy Whitt had 14 each for Arkansas, which finished with five players in double figures and had a career-high 11 assists from point guard Jabril Durham.
Armel Potter led the Buccaneers (1-3) with 20 points on 7-of-18 shooting, and he also finished with seven assists.
However, Charleston Southern simply had no answer for Hannahs.
''I haven't seen a better shooter in college basketball ... I haven't seen a better shooter in a long time,'' Buccaneers coach Barclay Radebaugh said. ''... He's impossible (to guard), because of his quick release.''
Arkansas led by as many as 20 points in the first half, and the Buccaneers were unable to get any closer than 16 points in the second - thanks in large part to the hot shooting of the Razorbacks.
With Hannahs leading the way, Arkansas extended its lead to as many as 29 points in the second half. The Razorbacks, still adjusting following the loss of six of their top seven scorers from a season ago, finished 7 of 13 on 3-point attempts overall.
''I thought the guys wanted to get that taste (from the Akron loss) out of their mouth,'' Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said. ''They didn't think they brought the maximum effort they could play with the other night.''
Arkansas opened quickly - leading by as many as 20 points in the first half.
Hannahs came off the bench to hit all four of his 3-point attempts in the half, helping the Razorbacks hit 16 of 28 (57.1 percent) from the field overall while taking a 49-32 halftime lead.
Arkansas' only deficit was at 1-0, and it used a 12-2 run to build a 16-6 lead early following a pair of free throws by Hannahs. The junior's fourth 3-pointer of the half put the Razorbacks up 46-29.
''There was a bad taste in our mouth from the previous game,'' Durham said. ''So, we had to get back to Razorback basketball, and that's play active and playing defensive basketball.''
Charleston Southern: The Buccaneers lived up to their long-range reputation in the loss, hitting 12 of 31 3-pointers in 66 total attempts from the field. Through Charleston Southern's first three games, 54 percent of its shot attempts had come from behind the arc.
Arkansas: Durham wasn't the only Razorback in the giving mood on Friday, with Arkansas finishing with 23 assists overall on 32 baskets. In addition to Durham's career night, Anthlon Bell had five assists and Kingsley three.
Kingsley was the first Arkansas player in six years to open with consecutive double doubles in his first two games. The athletic 6-foot-10 junior fell short of that on Friday, but he still finished with 15 points, six rebounds, three assists and three blocks.
Charleston Southern hosts East Tennessee State on Tuesday.
Arkansas faces Georgia Tech in New York on Nov. 26.