BASKETBALL: Three-Point Shots Fall For Hogs

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas forward Vincent Hunter isn't the 3-point threat that most opposing coaches worry about stopping before a game.

After all, Hunter is a 6-foot-10 backup who had made only eight 3-pointers this season before Wednesday.

But even Hunter proved to be dangerous from beyond the arc on a night when the Razorbacks seemed like they couldn't miss a 3-pointer in the first half of an 87-61 rout of LSU in Bud Walton Arena.

"It was about time that some shots fall for us," Arkansas point guard Stefan Welsh said. "We know we have a good shooting basketball team, and good shooting basketball teams sometime have good nights. Sometimes they have bad nights.

"Tonight was one of those nights when everybody was making their shots from the perimeter."

At least that was the case in the first half.

After Arkansas missed its first three 3-point attempts, guard Patrick Beverley sank a shot 4 minutes and 55 seconds into the first half to spark a string of nine consecutive 3-pointers for the Razorbacks.

Guard Stefan Welsh drained three 3-pointers. Hunter made two, as did Beverley. And by the time Hunter missed with less than two minutes remaining in the first half, five different Arkansas players had drained at least one 3-pointer.

"It's just about confidence, that's what shooting is about," said Ervin, who made 1-of-3 3-point attempts and finished with a team-high 17 points.

"... When guys stepped up to that 3-point line, they stayed with their confidence and knocked down shots."

Arkansas made 9-of-13 3-point attempts in the first half, and Hunter came off the bench to score a season-high nine points on 3-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc.

And even though the Razorbacks struggled with their accuracy in the second half, making just 2-of-10 3-pointers, they still finished with a season-high 11 in the rout.

It was a stark contrast from Arkansas' previous two games when the team made just 7-of-18 3-pointers in a loss at Tennessee and 8-of-20 in Saturday's defeat at Mississippi State.

"It seems as though the right guys were taking the right shots, and they had a flow going. And some nights that can happen," LSU interim coach Butch Pierre said. "It just happened as though it was the night they played LSU."

Hunter's first 3-pointer extended Arkansas' lead to 25-14 with 11:09 remaining in the first half, and the Hogs combined to make four 3-pointers during an early 21-0 run that put them ahead 35-14.

For whatever reason, Arkansas has had success shooting from long range against LSU.

The Razorbacks drained 10-of-15 3-pointers in a 68-52 win in Baton Rouge on Jan. 26, a mark that stood as a season-high before Wednesday night.

"Oh man, it was good. Vincent Hunter came out hitting some 3s. The guards, as well," Arkansas forward Darian Townes said. "It just opened it up for everybody tonight."

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