FAYETTEVILLE — Coty Clarke, Michael Qualls and Jacorey Williams each scored 15 points and Arkansas beat LeMoyne-Owen 111-45 in the last exhibition game of the season Monday at Bud Walton Arena.
BJ Young missed the game because of “a violation of team rules,” but the Razorbacks led 18-0 six minutes into the game and never looked back.
In addition to the 18-0 run to start the game, Arkansas had runs of 7-0, 15-4, 14-0 and 24-2 in the first half alone. The 24-2 run happened in the final four minutes of the half and included an alley-oop dunk by Qualls and a pair of 3-pointers from Kikko Haydar and Dee Wagner.
“It all started with our defense,” Williams said. “Everybody got after it on defense and defense translates to offense. We had our defense going and that created offense to get it rolling.
“I feel like we’re on our way to something big. We’ve got a good team.”
The Razorbacks forced 30 turnovers that led to 44 points. Twenty-one of the Magicians’ turnovers were committed in the first half, as well.
“We’re going to be a team that is going to attack,” Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said. “We are going to attack because we have a lot of skilled guys that can create not only for themselves, but for others.
“We always talk about how it’s a game of runs and we had a game of runs tonight. That reminded of some of those games we used to have here at Bud Walton Arena where the other team was just hoping for a timeout or something that does not take place and our guys reacted the right way. When you get the opportunity to get those runs, you want them to go as long as they can and not kill them yourselves.”
Mardracus Wade, Rickey Scott, Rashad Madden, Marshawn Powell and Hunter Mickelson made up the Razorbacks’ starting five for both exhibition games, but the most minutes any of the starters recorded against Lemoyne-Owen was 17. In turn, the newcomers played often and played well.
The three leading scorers accounted for 45 points, the same amount as LeMoyne-Owen’s point total and Clarke recorded a double-double with 10 rebounds to go along with his 15 points.
“Our bench really came to life,” Anderson said. “Qualls, Williams and the guy who really played well tonight was Coty Clarke. That was one of his best games overall for us thus far, even from the Italy trip to here. You can see some of these guys getting more comfortable.
“That’s the great thing about our team. We have depth now. It provides an opportunity for some guys to step up.”
Qualls added three more dunks to his highlight reel, now totaling six dunks in two exhibition games. Not only did he fill the highlight reel, but he filled the stat sheet by accounting for 15 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two blocks.
With the exhibition games finished, Arkansas will begin the regular season on Friday when the Razorbacks host Sam Houston State at 7 p.m.