In a thrilling Monday night showdown, the Arkansas Razorbacks capitalized on a strong offensive performance to earn a 97-83 victory over the Furman Paladins at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Razorbacks, now boasting a 6-3 record, demonstrated exceptional shooting prowess with a team percentage of 60.7%.
Fierce Competition and Stellar Performances
Key player Khalif Battle led the Razorbacks' charge, contributing an impressive 25 points coming off the bench. Adding to the offensive onslaught, Chandler Lawson and Trevon Brazile scored 19 and 13 points, respectively. Brazile's effort, however, was cut short due to an unfortunate ankle injury.
On Furman’s side, despite their 4-5 record, JP Pegues and Alex Williams put up a resilient fight, scoring 21 and 20 points respectively. Despite their efforts, the Paladins could not outpace the Razorbacks. The disparity was particularly noticeable in 2-point shooting, where Furman struggled, making only 16 out of 41 attempts.
Dramatic Moments and Decisive Strategies
The game was not devoid of drama. A technical foul on Razorbacks’ coach Eric Musselman led to a series of free throws for Furman. Moreover, a four-point play by Pegues spurred Furman's attempts to close the gap. However, Arkansas maintained their lead, aided by a significant contribution of 51 points from their bench players.
This victory builds on the momentum from the Razorbacks' previous win against then-No. 7 Duke and marks an encouraging rebound after their exit from the national rankings following the final two games of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.
As the Razorbacks prepare to host No. 19 Oklahoma on Saturday, Furman returns home to engage with Bob Jones University on the same day. As the season progresses, one can only anticipate what the future holds for these two tenacious teams.