Arkansas took the lead with 17:03 remaining in the first half and never trailed again on their way to a 101-73 victory over a good Bucknell team on Sunday in Bud Walton Arena before 6,477 fans.
Senior guard scored 21 points in the first half as the Hogs built a 56-34 lead at intermission. He finished the game with 27 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 28 minutes. Arkansas Coach Mike Anderson was pleased with how his team responded again on Sunday following a solid showing on Friday against Samford.
"Bucknell is a very good basketball team," Anderson said. "In the first half we did a lot of things right defensively. Offensively Barford just goes off. It's a very unselfish team. The other night Daryl (Macon) went off.
"The bench guys came in and played well. Daniel Gafford, Darious Hall and Gabe (Osabuohien) continues to play well. And C.J. (Jones) of course. So that bench came in and played well."
The Hogs beat Samford 95-56 on Friday. That was a 20-win team last year that returned 12 of its 13 players. Bucknell is favored to win their league. Barford talked the start to the season.
"I feel real comfortable," Barford said. "We have just been putting in a lot of time and preparation really for the entire season so we can show everybody what we're all about."
Macon added 21 points while Gafford added 15 and Anton Beard 11. Gafford fouled out thus only getting to play 16 minutes. Trey Thompson only had two points, but led both teams with 11 rebounds and also added two assists and one blocked shot.
Bucknell Coach Nathan Davis was among those in Bud Walton Arena who left impressed with the Razorbacks.
"Coming in we thought Arkansas was a very good team," Davis said. "I think they showed they do. I thought in the first half we didn't play that poorly I just thought they made some tough shots and was able to take advantage of the few mistakes we made."