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Arkansas Razorbacks 103, Southwest Oklahoma State 58: Dim The House Lights


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The Razorbacks kicked off their 2015-16 season (kinda-sorta) with a convincing exhibition victory over the Great American Conference's Southwestern Oklahoma State Bulldogs.

As we all know, this is a vastly different roster than the one that won 27 games a year ago and finished runner-up to Kentucky in the SEC.

Arkansas started three seniors, a junior and a freshman against SWOSU, but it was the freshman, Jimmy Whitt, who scored the game's first points.

The most highly-touted player of the 2015 signing class, Whitt did a nice job with the start, scoring 7 of the team's first 12 points while also dishing out four assists.

He would end the game with 19 points, despite fouling out late in the second half.

Anthlon Bell led all scorers with 21 points, including hitting 5-of-7 from behind the arc, and also grabbed six rebounds.

Dusty Hannahs, Trey Thompson, Keaton Miles and Manuale Watkins also joined Bell and Whitt in double figures.

One glaring negative, according to Mike Anderson, was the Hogs' performance from the free throw line. Arkansas shot 16 of 29 from the charity stripe.

Other than that, it was what you expected the Hogs to do to a Division II team. They outrebounded the Bulldogs 51-29 and forced 24 turnovers, while only committing eight themselves.

Moses Kingsley contributed eight points and nine rebounds, but gave the estimated 2,946 in attendance a scare in the final minute when he fell awkwardly on his shoulder after finishing a dunk.

All in all, the Razorbacks were never in any danger of disaster, something St. John's wasn't able to do earlier this week and Auburn almost didn't against Indianapolis on Thursday.

Arkansas will return to action this Tuesday at 7 p.m. against Delta State, and open the regular season next Friday against Southern.