Anthlon Bell has had some big scoring outputs during his career at Arkansas so his 27 points in his White team's 89-78 win over the Red squad Sunday afternoon at Bud Walton Arena was no surprise.
But there there a few other guys Sunday afternoon who no doubt excited the estimated 3,000 Razorback fans on hand for the intersquad game with their piling up of points.
Junior center Moses Kingsley led the Red team with 27 points and 9 rebounds while junior transfer Dusty Hannahs added 15 of his 22 points in the first half and sophomore power forward Trey Thompson added 19 points and 9 rebounds for the same squad.
Freshman guard Jimmy Whitt added 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the victors while senior Keaton Miles added 16 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and junior Manny Watkins 14 points and a game-high 10 assists.
“I was good to see our guys get out and play in front of some fans with some officials and just in a game setting,” Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson said. “I don’t know if we are that kind of scoring team, but I know one thing we really have to work on is our defense.
“There were some good things, but mostly we saw some guys playing really confident like Trey Thompson, who was close to having a double-double.”
Jabril Durham added 7 points and 9 assists for Arkansas, who plays Southwest Oklahoma State Thursday night at 7 p.m. in the first of two exhibition games.
“I think our guards are going to be okay,” Anderson said. “I think when you have a guy like Bell, a guy like Dusty Hannahs who we know can really shoot the basketball. I think Jabril is a little bit more comfortable in his role.
“I think those forwards are going to be critical. I think it has always been an advantage to have those forwards where guys have got to match up with them.”
Kingsley (6-10, 230) — who averaged just 3.6 points and 2.5 rebounds in 10.9 minutes per game last season - was both 9-of-12 from the field and 9-of-12 from the free throw line during the contest.
“I’ve just got to do everything and anything possible to help my team win,” Kingsley said. “That is what I try to do every night.”
Kingsley showed off a much better face-up game than he had last season while also picking up points close to the basket and completing a trio of three-point plays while drawing a foul while scoring.
“As far as (biggest) improvement, it would be like getting the chip buckets, the ones around the rim and going to my left,” Kingsley said. “I just try to finish it up and get some And-1s. Try to finish strong.”
Kingsley noted that he feels more freedom with his offense this season.
“I think it has to do with confidence,” Kingsley said. “It is going to give me more confidence to take the good shots and not have second thoughts about a good shot. I just take it when I feel like it.”
Thompson (6-10, 255) played just 33 minutes total during his freshman season, but showed off his potential after losing some 35 pounds.
He was 7-of-9 from the field, 5-of-9 from the free throw line and showed off both a jumper and some explosion on the baseline that was not there last season.
“It’s big,” Thomspson said. “It is really my first action, game action, as I didn’t really get a lot of action last season. This is big going into Thursday night.
“I just tried to go out play hard and help my team win tonight. That is all I tried to do.
“I feel much better. I feel better running the floor and I feel more explosive and that is what Coach wanted me to do. He told me that I had to get more explosive this year if I wanted to be out ion the court.”
Bell - 9 of 17 from the floor and 5-of-10 from 3-point range - loved seeing the play down low as it helps him get open shots.
“That’s big showing that, stepping up the plate,” Bell said. “Big Trey down there banging and getting boards and also getting assists and looking up the floor.
“Moses, showing his all-around game on the offensive end that people haven’t seen and also still blocking shots and running the floor is big.”
Whitt (6-4, 173) was 6-of-14 from the field and 7-of-9 from the free throw line.
“It was big and he just has the ultra confidence,” Bell said of Whitt. “The key is that he knows he is going to go out there every night and produce and we need that.”
Lorenzo Jenkins, Arkansas’ other freshman signee, took and elbow to the head and was only able to play 10 minutes, but should be fine for Thursday’s game.
Arkansas junior Manny Watkins is guarded by his long-time friend and Razorback freshman guard Jimmy Whitt.