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Jaylen Barford leads Arkansas rout of UConn 102-67

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) All the attention will be on the amount of points Arkansas dropped on Connecticut. It got out of hand because of how good the Razorbacks were on defense.

"I thought we had fun playing defense," Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said. "And that's what I stressed with our guys coming out early and setting a defensive tone."

Jaylen Barford scored 16 of his 24 points in the first half, and Arkansas used a huge second-half run to rout Connecticut 102-67 on Sunday in the consolation bracket of the PK80 Invitational.

The Razorbacks (5-1) rebounded nicely from being overwhelmed by North Carolina in the semifinals on Friday. Arkansas led 45-31 at halftime and blew away the Huskies in the second half thanks to a 19-0 run that gave the Razorbacks a 72-41 lead. The Razorbacks topped 100 points for the second time this season after scoring 101 in a win over Bucknell.

So while they had fun with all the points being scored, it was predicated by an excellent defensive effort.

"It's amazing how you do that (on defense) what takes place on offense," Anderson said. "If your defense is really solid and good and you're making shots, a lot of good things take place."

Barford was a spectator for a big chunk of the second half. His 24 points came in just 28 minutes. He was 9 of 12 shooting, including 4 of 5 on 3-pointers. He was the leader of a tremendous shooting performance by the Razorbacks, hitting 60 percent for the game and 65 percent in the second half. Arkansas was 11 of 19 on 3-pointers.

Daryl Macon added 16 points after leaving Friday's game against North Carolina early due to an ankle injury, and C.J. Jones had 19 points.

Jalen Adams added 16 for the Huskies (4-2), but very little went UConn's way two days after watching Michigan State run away in the second half for a 77-57 victory. Terry Larrier added 18 points, but left late in the second half with an apparent right leg injury after landing awkwardly. Larrier limped off with 5:45 left.

It was the most lopsided loss for the Huskies since a 40-point loss to Syracuse early in the 1977 season.

"At the end of the day you've got to get stops. You don't get stops, you don't get in transition, everything gets difficult for us," UConn coach Kevin Ollie said. "If you look at the game, if you break down tape, we got plenty of shots in the first half that we can make."

While Arkansas played well for most of the first half, the Razorbacks were dominant the final 20 minutes. After cutting the Arkansas lead to 12 with 15 minutes remaining, the Huskies missed eight straight shots and watched the Razorbacks turn the game into a laugher. Arkansas made 10 straight shots at one point of the second half, the streak finally snapping when Jones' 3-point attempt from the wing rimmed out with four minutes remaining.

THE TAKEAWAY

Arkansas: Macon left Friday's loss to North Carolina early with a leg injury, missing most of the second half. Arkansas coach Mike Anderson was unsure the severity of Macon's injury but he looked just fine against the Huskies, making 5 of 9 shots and playing 26 minutes.

"I'm in pain right now but I didn't feel anything during the game," Macon said.

UConn: The Huskies must be more consistent with their 3-point shooting. UConn was 7 of 26 from deep - 26.9 percent. The Huskies started the day shooting just 29.5 percent on 3s this season, including a 0-for-10 performance in the second half against Oregon in the tournament opener.

RARE BLOWOUT

It's not often that UConn gets blown out that badly. The last time the Huskies lost by more than 30 points was 2014 when they were handed an 81-48 setback by Louisville.

UP NEXT

Arkansas: The Razorbacks stay on the road playing at Houston on Saturday.

UConn: The Huskies return home to play Columbia on Wednesday.

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Key Players
A. Beard
J. Adams
35.0 Min. Per Game 35.0
17.3 Pts. Per Game 17.3
2.3 Ast. Per Game 2.3
4.5 Reb. Per Game 4.5
34.6 Field Goal % 44.7
25.0 Three Point % 32.1
100.0 Free Throw % 60.0
  Shot clock violation turnover on Arkansas 1.0
+ 1 Antwoine Anderson made free throw 31.0
  Unsportsmanlike technical foul on Arkansas 31.0
+ 3 Jalen Adams made 3-pt. jump shot 33.0
  Lost ball turnover on Jonathan Holmes, stolen by Jalen Adams 29.0
  Lost ball turnover on Jalen Adams, stolen by Adrio Bailey 32.0
+ 2 Jonathan Holmes made hook shot 34.0
  Offensive rebound by Jonathan Holmes 36.0
  C.J. Jones missed 3-pt. jump shot 38.0
  Defensive rebound by Darious Hall 47.0
  Mamadou Diarra missed floating jump shot 49.0
Team Stats
Points 102 67
Field Goals 33-55 (60.0%) 23-61 (37.7%)
3-Pointers 11-19 (57.9%) 7-26 (26.9%)
Free Throws 25-33 (75.8%) 14-22 (63.6%)
Total Rebounds 42 26
Offensive 7 6
Defensive 31 15
Team 4 5
Assists 16 9
Steals 5 8
Blocks 1 1
Turnovers 13 14
Fouls 18 26
Technicals 1 0
24 PTS, 4 REB, 3 AST
25 PTS, 3 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo Arkansas 5-1 4557102
home team logo Connecticut 4-2 313667
Team Stats
away team logo Arkansas 5-1 75.3 PPG 37.1 RPG 16.0 APG
home team logo Connecticut 4-2 73.8 PPG 39.5 RPG 12.8 APG
Key Players
00
J. Barford G PPG RPG APG FG%
4
J. Adams G 16.9 PPG 4.0 RPG 3.4 APG 48.7 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Barford G 24 PTS 4 REB 3 AST
J. Adams G 25 PTS 3 REB 3 AST
60.0 FG% 37.7
57.9 3PT FG% 26.9
75.8 FT% 63.6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Barford 24 4 3 9/12 4/5 2/2 0 27 0 0 2 0 4
D. Macon 16 3 2 5/9 2/4 4/6 1 26 1 0 1 0 3
A. Beard 9 4 4 2/6 1/3 4/4 2 27 0 0 1 1 3
A. Bailey 8 4 0 4/7 0/0 0/1 2 24 1 1 0 2 2
T. Thompson 1 3 5 0/1 0/0 1/2 1 19 0 0 0 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Barford 24 4 3 9/12 4/5 2/2 0 27 0 0 2 0 4
D. Macon 16 3 2 5/9 2/4 4/6 1 26 1 0 1 0 3
A. Beard 9 4 4 2/6 1/3 4/4 2 27 0 0 1 1 3
A. Bailey 8 4 0 4/7 0/0 0/1 2 24 1 1 0 2 2
T. Thompson 1 3 5 0/1 0/0 1/2 1 19 0 0 0 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Jones 19 1 1 5/8 3/6 6/6 1 21 1 0 0 0 1
D. Gafford 9 5 0 3/4 0/0 3/6 5 14 0 0 3 1 4
D. Thomas 7 4 0 1/2 0/0 5/6 2 15 1 0 2 1 3
D. Hall 7 6 0 3/3 1/1 0/0 3 14 0 0 2 0 6
J. Holmes 2 1 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 1 1 0
G. Osabuohien 0 3 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 8 1 0 1 1 2
J. Plummer 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
A. Cook - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Garland - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 102 38 16 33/55 11/19 25/33 18 200 5 1 13 7 31
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Adams 25 3 3 10/21 4/10 1/3 4 36 4 0 4 0 3
T. Larrier 18 2 0 7/14 2/4 2/2 2 27 0 0 2 1 1
A. Anderson 10 2 2 3/8 1/4 3/5 4 36 1 0 2 0 2
A. Gilbert 1 1 0 0/5 0/3 1/2 1 17 0 0 1 0 1
J. Carlton 1 2 2 0/0 0/0 1/2 2 16 0 0 4 1 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Adams 25 3 3 10/21 4/10 1/3 4 36 4 0 4 0 3
T. Larrier 18 2 0 7/14 2/4 2/2 2 27 0 0 2 1 1
A. Anderson 10 2 2 3/8 1/4 3/5 4 36 1 0 2 0 2
A. Gilbert 1 1 0 0/5 0/3 1/2 1 17 0 0 1 0 1
J. Carlton 1 2 2 0/0 0/0 1/2 2 16 0 0 4 1 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Vital 6 4 1 1/7 0/4 4/4 3 25 2 0 0 2 2
M. Diarra 4 5 0 1/4 0/0 2/4 2 13 0 1 1 2 3
T. Polley 2 0 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 2 15 0 0 0 0 0
D. Onuorah 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 4 5 0 0 0 0 2
M. Noyes 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
I. Whaley 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 6 1 0 0 0 0
K. Williams 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0
E. Cobb - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Foxen - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Aiyegbusi - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 67 21 9 23/61 7/26 14/22 26 200 8 1 14 6 15