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Moody’s big week leads to co-SEC Freshman of the Week

Arkansas guard Moses Moody scored 28 points in both wins — at South Carolina and against Texas A&M — to earn SEC Freshman of the Week honors for the second straight week and third time this season.

He shared the honor this week with LSU’s Cameron Thomas.

Moody joins elite company with Daniel Gafford (2017-18), Bobby Portis (2012-13) and Patrick Beverly (2006-07) as the only Razorbacks to be a three-time SEC Freshman of the Week honoree.

Moody helped Arkansas win its 11th straight SEC game, the best streak in the SEC this year and the program’s best streak since winning the final 11 regular-season SEC games of 1993-94.

He tied his career high by scoring 28 points in both wins while shooting 63 percent from the field and 52.9 percent from 3-point range (tying his career-high with four triples at USC only to top it with five versus Texas A&M) while playing 70 minutes with zero turnovers.

In addition to his impressive offensive performance, he made a key defensive play late in the Texas A&M game for his only blocked shot of the week.

At South Carolina (and in a pandemic-shortened season), Moody made his 117th free throw to break the school’s freshman record for free throws made.

Kareem Reid previously set the mark with 116 in 1995-96 (33 games). Moody has now made 128 free throws through 26 games.

Moses Moody highlights from the week

• Averaged 28.0 points and 6.0 rebounds.

At South Carolina: 28 points – 7 rebounds – 2 assists – 2 steals

• Versus Texas A&M: 28 points – 5 rebounds – 2 assists – 2 steals

• Combined 19-of-30 (63.5%) from the field and 9-of-17 (52.9%) in the two games.

• At South Carolina, Moody scored 17 in the first half, thanks to 7-of-11 shooting, with six rebounds to give Arkansas a comfortable 17-point halftime lead … Only missed one shot in the second half in scoring 11 points … For the game, was 6-of-6 from inside the 3-point line, making 4-of-9 from beyond the arc, and was a perfect 4-of-4 at the line.

• Versus Texas A&M, Moody once again tied his career high with 28 points and was even more efficient shooting (9-of-15 from the field) and made a career-best five 3-pointers (on just eight attempts) … Made a 3-pointer for Arkansas’ first basket and his final 3-pointer with 56 seconds left gave Arkansas a lead it would not relinquish … Prior to that (with 1:30 left and the game tied) Texas A&M looked to have a dunk but Moody blocked it at the rim … In the second half, he was 4-of-6 shooting (3-of-4 from 3-point range) … Arkansas trailed by as much as 14 in the first half but Moody scored six in a 17-6 run to close the first half, including a finger role with two seconds left to make it a 3-point game at halftime.

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