Hannahs, Bell Go Off from 3 as Arkansas whips Mississippi State 82-68

Dusty Hannahs and Anthlon Bell combined for 13 3-pointers and 51 points as Arkansas hits 16 3-pointers while downing Mississippi State 82-68 Saturday afternoon before a season-high 11,157 fans at Bud Walton Arena.

It may have been slightly snowing outside Bud Walton Arena on Saturday, but it was heavily raning 3-pointers inside the building.

Dusty Hannahs swished eight three points and had 26 points while Anthlon Bell dropped in five treys and had 25 points as Arkansas splashed in 16 of 24 3-pointers overall while whipping Mississipppi State 82-68 before a season-high 11,157 fans.

The Razorbacks (8-7, 2-1) blew a three-point game open late with four of those 3-pointer as Moses Kingsley added 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks and Jabril Durham had 10 points, 12 assists, 6 steals and only two turnovers in 29 minutes won their second home game this week after opening the league slate with a blowout loss at Texas A&M.

"You talk about teams playing at home or on the road they are all going to be a war," Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson said. "We were fortunate to win the game. We made some shots and Dusty, when he gets it going he really gets it going.  He always screws up my practices because he makes multiple shots and we saw that tonight. Bell continues to play really in the groove. He just looks like a really mature basketball player  taking what the defense gives him.

"Jabril, he had a double-double tonight, 12 assists, taking command out there on the floor. He’s like the Energizer Bunny on defense. He’s everywhere touching balls. To me he’s taking command out there on the floor. Getting guys in the right place at the right position. He knows where our shooters are and now he is starting to knock down shots as well. So it’s good to see those guys play well. Our bench has got to continue to get better."

The bench no longer has Hannahs, who started the first two games, came off the bench for the next 11 games and has been put back in the starting line up the last two contests.

Hannahs was 8-of-13 from 3-point range on Saturday and Bell 5-of-7 while Durham dropped in a pair and Anton Beard added the other on a night when Arkansas shot 66.7 from 3-point range and 50 percent overall (28-of-56) from the field.

Four of those 3-pointers came in  92-second span as Arkansas - who had led by 14 in the second half - turned a 62-59 lead into a 74-63 advantage with 3:19 left in the contest.

That spree bummed out Mississippi State head coach Ben Howland, whose Bulldogs (7-7, 0-2) were coming in off a 61-60 home loss to Texas A&M on Wednesday night.

"To get it to down three and lose by 18 -- how much time was left?," Howland asked and was told 4:51 remained. "That's an incredible stat when you think about it. To be down three with 5-something to go and end up losing by 18 is really, really disappointing as a coach. Because it should be possession by possession. And yeah, the kid, No. 3, Dusty made a tough shot, in terms of banking it in straight on during that juncture when they were blowing it back open."

Hannahs was just 4 of his last 17 from 3-point range going into Saturday.

"It definitely feels good to come out like this, like you said, after the last couple of games," Hannahs said. " My teammates aren't shy to let me know about not making my shots, too (smiles). So it's good to be able to hit them. When I'm hitting them and Ant's hitting them and it's getting Jabril assists, everyone's happy and we get rolling. That's the most important part, is winning."

Durham has a spectacular all-around game.

" I just want to help any way I can on offense and defense," Durhyam said. "It's easy when you have these two shooters by you and you have Big Mo down there. I just want to be that true point guard for the team and help lead us all the way to the SEC championship. We just want to get wins. That's all I want to do, is win."

Durham of course loved the shooting display.

"You might as well get a big umbrella, because they're going to be raining them down when they get hot like that," Durham said. "We like it like that. We haven't had one like this where they both so hot in a while. It's really good to have Dusty hit 8 threes and Ant 5. If they do that every night, it's going to be a problem for guys (other teams). It opens up everything. Once both of them are hitting threes like that, it opens up for Mo, opens up for me to penetrate and I can still find them after."

Craig Sword had 21 points and Gavin Ware 14 to lead the Bulldogs.

Arkansas will return to action Tuesday night when it visits Missouri.

“To me, it is the recipe that you talk about - you have got to take care of home,” Anderson said. “We want to continue to do that. You have got to go out on the road and steal some. You have got to play well. 

“To move the key is to continue to develop and get better. From the Vanderbilt game to this game. I thought we got better. We have just got to clean it up in the turnover department.”

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