Macon's 15 points paces Arkansas past Mount St. Mary's
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Daryl Macon scored a career-high 15 points as Arkansas rebounded from its first loss with an 89-76 win over Mount St. Mary's on Monday night.
The victory improves the Razorbacks (4-1) to 50-1 at home against unranked nonconference opponents under coach Mike Anderson, and it came after an 85-71 loss to Minnesota last week.
Macon, coming off the bench for the first time this season, topped his previous best of 13 points in just 18 minutes of action. Jaylen Barford and Dustin Thomas added 13 points each for Arkansas, while Dusty Hannahs finished with 12.
Elijah Long led the Mountaineers (1-7) with 24 points, while Greg Alexander added 12 in the loss.
Arkansas entered Monday following a six-day layoff after a disappointing 85-71 loss at Minnesota, and it did so with a new starting look – with talented junior college transfers Barford and Macon coming off the bench.
The duo had an immediate impact in their new roles, helping the Razorbacks to an early 13-2 run that pushed their lead to 18-12 after trailing early in the game. Barford and Macon had eight of the points for Arkansas during the run, and they had 15 first-half points on 6-of-10 shooting.
Mount St. Mary's: The Mountaineers shot the ball well for most of the game, but they simply wore down during the second half of their third road game in six days – two days after a 64-47 loss at Michigan. Mount St. Mary's doesn't play its first home game until Saturday.
Arkansas: The Razorbacks have to be pleased with the comfortable bounce-back win, but there are still concerns about Kingsley – the preseason Southeastern Conference Player of the Year. The senior entered Monday averaging 9.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, off his 15.9/9.3 lines of a season ago. Kingsley once again struggled to find his offensive role on Monday, finishing with nine points on 3-of-8 shooting, but he did have a season-high 13 rebounds.
Mount St. Mary's stays on the road for the ninth straight time to open the season at Loyola on Saturday.
The Razorbacks continue a stretch of three games in six days when they host Stephen F. Austin on Thursday.
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