FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Freshman Daniel Gafford had 25 points on 9-of-11 shooting as Arkansas led by as many as 19 points in the second half on its way to an 83-75 victory over Fresno State on Friday night.
The 6-foot-11 Gafford also had eight rebounds, three blocks and two steals for the Razorbacks (3-0), who won their first two games over Samford and Bucknell by an average of 33.5 points.
Jaylen Barford added 18 points, Anton Beard 15 and Daryl Macon 11 for Arkansas, which shot 48.2 percent (27 of 56) in the win.
Bryson Williams led the Bulldogs (2-1) with 22 points on 11-of-15 shooting before fouling out. Deshon Taylor was 10 of 10 on free throws and added 19 points, and Jahmel Taylor added 12 in the loss.
Fresno State: The Bulldogs reached the NIT last season and controlled the action inside for much of the game, outscoring the Razorbacks 20-16 in the paint at one point. However, that was before Gafford took control in the second half and led Arkansas to an eventual 40-36 scoring edge inside.
Arkansas: Gafford struggled to stay on the court in Arkansas' first two games because of foul trouble, totaling only 17 and 16 minutes in the two, respectively, while fouling out of each. Despite that, the freshman still averaged 12.5 points in those games. On Friday, Gafford played 30 minutes and dominated on both ends of the court while finishing with six dunks - including a spectacular alley-oop from Beard in the second half.
Fresno State returns home to host Evansville on Tuesday.
The Razorbacks face Oklahoma in the Phil Knight Invitational in Portland, Oregon on Thursday.
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11/17/2017 9:28:32 PM (GMT -6:00)