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Arkansas Razorbacks 99, Delaware State 71: Dunkville Wins Again


Beth Hall-USA TODAY Sports

Delaware State, a MEAC opponent, proved to be more formidable than Wake Forest was on Wednesday night.

Bobby Portis and Michael Qualls again set the tone offensively, with Qualls leading the team in scoring with 20 points and Portis chipping in 14.

The visiting Hornets turned the ball over 24 times, and Arkansas made them pay for it by turning it into 33 points of its 99 points.

Jacorey Williams was a pleasant surprise, turning in a career-high of 14 points in just 15 minutes.

"We're going to rely on our defense," Williams said. "As long as our defense is good, we'll be fine."

Ky Madden only had nine points, but his career-high eight assists made up for the lack of scoring.

He becomes the third Razorback to post that stat line in the last eight years, joining Courtney Fortson and B.J. Young.

Anthlon Bell also had 14 points, getting a couple of 3-pointers to drop at the end to help extend the lead. Bell finished the night 4 for 6 from behind the arc.

Delaware State coach said he was very impressed with Arkansas' resounding victory over Wake Forest, and said to beat an ACC team like that stands out, regardless of what level they are at.

The Hogs led 44-30 at halftime courtesy of 15 Delaware State turnovers, which they converted into 20 points.

Another slow start occurred, which has become the norm in the first three games, but they were able to weather it and had a flurry of points near the end of the half with some vintage Hawgball to feel comfortable at intermission.

A crowd of 8,040 saw the Hogs pull away late, 99-71, to remain undefeated heading into the first true test of the season Tuesday at Moody Coliseum in Dallas against SMU.

"Me personally, I can't wait to go down there," said Portis. "It's going to be a good test for us to see where we're at."