FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas guard Rickey Scott admits he was down on himself, struggling through an offensive slump that has stretched for weeks.

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas guard Rickey Scott admits he was down on himself, struggling through an offensive slump that has stretched for weeks.

The sophomore knew it, but didn’t know how to bounce out of it. Then he got a call from his uncle.

“He said, ‘Look at your YouTube (highlights) and what you were doing in high school,’” Scott said. “I was playing with a way different tone. I was tense earlier this year. So he said, ‘Look back.’

“That’s what I did. He just challenged me.”

The pep talk helped revive Scott, who broke out of his funk to lead Arkansas to a 77-63 win against Louisiana Tech in front of 8,000 in Bud Walton Arena. The sophomore scored a career-high 18 points, getting most of the production on aggressive drives that resulted in layups or dunks in the first half. He chipped in six points during a decisive 16-4 run to close the game, too, as Arkansas (8-3) won for the third time in a week and improved to 8-0 at home.

“Rickey, you saw what I saw,” Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said. “A guy that was a highlight waiting to happen. I liked his demeanor, his mindset.”

Scott wasn’t alone. Arkansas also needed solid performances from B.J. Young (16 points), Devonta Abron (10 points, 5 rebounds), and Ky Madden (9 points, 7 rebounds) to hold off a Louisiana Tech team led by Jacksonville native Raheem Appleby (23 points).

The Razorbacks fell into an early hole, trailing 17-6 after cold shooting (3-for-13). But Arkansas got out in transition and Scott helped them settle in, running the floor and finishing plays at the rim.

Scott scored six of his 10 first half points on dunks. The first came on a baseline drive, which helped Arkansas close to within 17-16. His second, a dunk in which the ball hit the rim, bounced in the air and fell through the hoop, made it 28-28.

“If he keeps playing like this, there’s a lot of good things that can happen,” Madden said.

But Scott’s third dunk was the most impressive, coming on a lob pass from point guard Julysses Nobles to give the Hogs a 38-31 lead. Nobles followed the assist a few seconds later with another nifty lob pass in transition to Young, whose high-flying layup gave the Razorbacks a 40-33 lead at halftime.

“I was really proud of our guys,” Anderson said. “I thought the first half we really got after it. You saw some Hog ball. You saw guys really engage.”

The problem? Anderson felt like his team “went home for Christmas” at halftime.

The Razorbacks struggled to maintain their lead through much of the second half. Louisiana Tech established an inside game to go along with Appleby’s outside shooting, feeding the ball into forward Romario Souza for 10 points.

Souza’s last basket helped Louisiana Tech close to within 61-59 with 8:03 left. He had a chance to tie the game a little later, too, but missed a reverse layup that seemed to ignite the Razorbacks.

“We’ve been here before, multiple times,” Scott said of the adversity. “We just said, ‘Let’s go. Let’s pick it up. Let’s play defense.’”

Madden, who Anderson said played his most “aggressive and assertive” game, converted a three-point play on the other end to give the Hogs a 64-59 lead. He made another bucket on the next trip down the floor. Then Abron scored underneath and Scott added a jumper to give the Razorbacks a 70-61 lead.

Guard Mardracus Wade provided the final blow to Louisiana Tech, knocking down a 3-pointer with 2:08 left to help the Hogs open a 75-63 lead.

“It was encouraging because we made the plays we had to,” said Anderson, whose team had struggled to put opponents away the past two games. “Whether it be screen and roles, guys knocking down shots, getting to the free throw line, getting some key offensive rebounds going down the stretch.”

Arkansas put together its best offensive performance of the month, shooting 48.4 percent (31 of 64) against Louisiana Tech. The Razorbacks also collected their second-straight double-digit win, following Tuesday’s 71-57 victory against Eastern Kentucky.

Arkansas will take time off for Christmas, which Scott said it will be enjoyable after a win. For him, especially, after a confidence-building performance.

“We get to be with the family on a win instead of being sad faced,” Scott said. “It’s fun. Who wouldn’t want to go home on Christmas saying we won?”