FAYETTEVILLE - For the first time in a long time, it felt completely like the old days at an Arkansas basketball game.

FAYETTEVILLE - For the first time in a long time, it felt completely like the old days at an Arkansas basketball game.


The Razorbacks blasted an opponent, coaches Eddie Sutton and Nolan Richardson were in the building and president Bill Clinton was seen. It was like the Arkansas halcyon days all lumped together.


On the night Sutton was honored with a commemorative banner in the rafters of Bud Walton Arena, Arkansas smashed Missouri the way his old teams did opponents in the 1970s and 80s a couple blocks away in Barnhill Arena. Dusty Hannahs scored 22 points in the Razorbacks’ 84-72 win.


The victory snapped a three-game losing streak and left Arkansas (13-14, 6-8 in SEC) with some breath for its final four games of the regular-season. Current coach Mike Anderson, like Sutton, has never had a losing season in a full year. Had Arkansas lost Saturday, the team would have needed to win those final four to ensure that streak would continue.


Beyond that, a loss would have been tantamount to submission. The Razorbacks had already lost two of the other three teams below them in the conference standings.


"I think the pressure was getting back to the right column. The win column. That to me was the pressure," Anderson said.


The game was about what an Arkansas-versus-Missouri (10-17, 3-11) game should have been given the two teams’ records this year. At one point in the second half, the two teams missed 10 consecutive shots between them.


But Missouri never really came close when it mattered. The Tigers came within nine points in the second half, around the same time both teams went cold. Three-pointers from Hannahs, Durham and Bell helped build the Arkansas lead back to 17 with about eight minutes left and Missouri called a timeout just before the media break.


Durham’s 17 points were a career high. Hannahs’ 22 were the most he had scored in the last four games. Both reached those marks thanks in large part to 3-point shooting. Hannahs made four from beyond the arc and Durham made three. Arkansas as a team had 10 3s and set its season-high on attempts with 26.


"When they shoot the ball well they’ve got the whole package," Missouri coach Kim Anderson said. "Dusty shoots it, he shot it well. Jabril made some. When they have that part of their game rolling with the inside of (Moses) Kingsley, they’re a tough team to stop."


Missouri received almost nothing from anyone except Kevin Puryear and Ryan Rosburg. The two frontcourt players had 21 and 11 points, respectively. Namon Wright had another 12, but no one else had more than six. Even Puryear’s night, his point-total was a career high, was deceptive. Ten of his points came from the free throw line and he shot 6 of 14 from the field. The Tigers as a team shot 40 percent.


Arkansas wasn’t technically any better, shooting 40 percent, as well. Anthlon Bell and Anton Beard combined to go 2 of 17 between them, dragging the percentage down. But Hannahs, Durham and Kingsley - who joined the two in double figures with 15 points - shot an exact 50 percent.


Sutton’s ceremony at halftime drew an immediate standing ovation from the crowd. He was joined by about 20 members of his family and more than of his former players at center court. Clinton had recorded a video praising Sutton for ostensibly building the Arkansas basketball program from the dirt floors of Barnhill Arena.


In a season where little had gone right, Saturday made everyone forget for a while.


"I really appreciate the wonderful people that are all here," Sutton said. "Believe me there is no one that loves Arkansas more than I do."


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Is This Something You Might Be Interested In?: Sutton went 260-75 in his 11 seasons at Arkansas and made nine NCAA Tournament appearances, including the Final Four in 1978. … Sutton’s banner is the fourth hung from the rafters at honoring former men’s basketball icons at BWA. Richardson and former players Corliss Williams and Sidney Moncrief had ceremonies last year. … The previous Arkansas high this season in 3-point attempts was 24 (in the team’s January 9 win against Mississippi State). … Kingsley had 13 rebounds to give him his 14th double-double on the season.