FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Daryl Macon and Dusty Hannahs scored 17 points each as Arkansas pulled away in the second half for an 84-72 win over Houston on Tuesday night.
It was the fourth straight win for the Razorbacks (7-1), who shot 59.3 percent (16 of 27) in the second half to rally from a 35-34 halftime deficit.
Moses Kingsley added 14 points and eight rebounds for Arkansas, while Dustin Thomas had 11 points. The Razorbacks shot 50.8 percent overall (30 of 59).
Rob Gray scored 22 points to lead the Cougars (6-2), whose two losses this season have both come on the road against Southeastern Conference opponents. Damyean Dotson had 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Galen Robinson had 14 points and Wes VanBeck scored 10.
Arkansas entered having won seven of its last eight games against its former Southwest Conference rival Cougars, who were making their first visit to Fayetteville since 1991.
The two teams also came in averaging more than 84 points per game, though Houston struggled early while falling behind by as many as 14 points in the first half. The Cougars rallied, however, to take a 35-34 halftime lead - with 32 of those points coming from the backcourt quartet of Dotson, Robinson, Gray and Vanbeck.
Hannahs scored 10 of his points off the bench in the first half, finishing 6 of 11 overall from the field - 2 of 3 on 3-pointers.
Houston: The Cougars had the guards to run with the Razorbacks, but they had no answers off their bench - which was outscored 34-14 by Arkansas. Houston entered the game averaging 85.1 points, but it shot only 40 percent (14 of 35) in the second half.
Arkansas: The Razorbacks failed in their first true test of the season, falling 87-71 at Minnesota on Nov. 22. On Tuesday, they played like the team coach Mike Anderson had in mind when he signed guards Macon and Jaylen Barford from junior college - with an eye on immediately turning around following a 16-16 season. While Barford struggled with only two points, Macon was in control throughout, a positive sign for a team intent on returning to the NCAA Tournament after missing it last season.
Houston begins a four-game stretch at home by hosting Rhode Island on Saturday.
The Razorbacks wrap up five straight games at home when they host North Florida on Saturday.
Following Tuesday's game, the Cougars return to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion to play host in four straight home games.
That homestand begins at 12:30 p.m., Saturday against No. 21/25 Rhode Island and continues against UT Rio Grande Valley (4 p.m., Dec. 17); Liberty (7 p.m., Dec. 21) and Harvard (7 p.m., Dec. 23).
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