the strength of a 30-10 run to open the second frame and five players
in double figures, the Arkansas men's basketball team turned a
five-point halftime deficit into a convincing 87-73 win over Big Ten foe
Minnesota Tuesday morning on ESPN2 at the EA SPORTS
Maui Invitational held the Lahaina Civic Center.
The win moves Arkansas to 4-1 on the young season and sets up a
showdown with No. 11 Gonzaga (5-1) on Wednesday at 4 p.m. CT on ESPN2. Receiving votes in this week's Associated Press
Top 25 poll, Minnesota (5-2) has held three opponents in the 50s this season, but gave up 52 second half points to Arkansas.
is a good win for us, especially after a disappointment last night
said head coach Mike Anderson. "Short‑term memory, that's what we talk
about. But I was proud of our guys, the effort, and the way they
finished off the game in fine fashion. I put a challenge in front of
them. I liked the toughness, especially going to the
glass, loose balls, and competing for 40 minutes."
Anderson's challenge was answered with balance on
ends of the court, as five players reached double figures for the
second time this season while the Razorbacks shot 55 percent (30-55)
from the floor, 47 percent from three (8-17) and 86 percent (19-22) from
the line against a Gopher defense that came
in allowing just 63.8 points per game while limiting opponents to less
than 40 percent from the field.
his first start as a Razorback after averaging 15.8 points
off bench in the first four games, redshirt Alandise Harris led the team
in scoring for third time this year with 15 points and six rebounds.
Highly-touted freshman forward Bobby Portis added 12 points and seven
rebounds, while sophomore Michael Qualls grabbed
a team-high eight boards to go along with his 10 points that featured
three dunks. The trio accounted for a majority of Arkansas' 33-27 edge
on the glass, marking the first time Minnesota has been out-rebounded.
final two double figure scorers for Arkansas came at the point
guard position, as redshirt senior Fred Gulley III and junior Rashad
Madden each had 10 points. The duo combined to go a perfect 5-for-5 from
three-point land, while orchestrating an offensive attack that had 19
assists on 30 made field goals.
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attack on the defensive end that resulted in Minnesota committing 16
turnovers – five above its average – that led to 23 points for the
Razorbacks and 36 points in the paint. Several of Arkansas' nine steals
led to its season-high seven dunks, highlighted by
four in the second where the Razorbacks shot a blistering 17-of-28 from
the field and 13-of-14 from the line.
was led by Austin Hollins' 17 points, while Malik Smith
came off the bench for 15 of his 17 points in the first half. For the
game, the Gophers shot 46 percent (25-55), but were limited to just
10-of-32 in the second half.
40-35 at the half, Arkansas opened the second half on a
game-changing 30-10 run that saw it hit 9 of its first 12 from the field
and come away with points on 11 of its first 14 possessions. Eight
different players scored during the run for the Razorbacks, as they also
turned up the pressure on defense to the tune
of forcing Minnesota into seven turnovers over the first 11 minutes and
just 3-for-16 shooting from the field.
Anthlon Bell finished with eight points on a pair of threes,
while freshman Moses Kingsley had all of his season-high seven points in
the second half, including a highlight-reel dunk off of a steal at
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