In the lane:

Gulley ‘poised’ in debut

By: Bob Holt
Published: Sunday, December 16, 2012
NWA Media/JASON IVESTER -- Arkansas junior Fred Gulley puts up a shot during the second half against Alcorn State for his first points on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville.
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NWA Media/JASON IVESTER -- Arkansas junior Fred Gulley puts up a shot during the second half against Alcorn State for his first points on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville.

— It was a nice Arkansas debut for Fred Gulley on Saturday night in Walton Arena.

Gulley, a junior guard from Fayetteville, had been waiting for a year to play for the Razorbacks after transferring from Oklahoma State in January, but he didn’t appear to be anxious or rusty.

While Gulley had 5 points, 3 rebounds and 3 steals in 13 minutes off the bench in the Razorbacks’ 97-59 victory over Alcorn State, he also didn’t have a turnover.

“I didn’t think he tried to do too much, that’s the beauty of it,” Arkansas Coach Mike Anderson said.

“I thought he played well.

He’s got a feel for the game.

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Arkansas coach Mike Anderson recaps the Razorbacks' 97-59 win over Alcorn State. (By Logan Wilson)
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He knows who he is and what he brings to the table.

He’s a guy that’s going to bring some experience, some savvy, some ball handling, defense.

“He’s a glue guy, so to speak.”

Arkansas forward Coty Clarke said he and Gulley had talked about how excited Gulley was to finally get to play in a game for the Razorbacks.

“It’s another brother and another teammate out there,” Clarke said. “We had a discussion, and he wanted his family to see him play again.

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Arkansas freshman Dee Wagner (left) and junior Fred Gulley (right) force a turnover by Alcorn State freshman Terrance Birdie ... + Enlarge

“He didn’t want to come out and force anything. He wanted to take his time and get his feel back. It’s his first game, so I can imagine he was nervous from sitting out, but it looked to me like he was pretty poised out there.” Threes falling

Arkansas made 10 of 24 three-pointers against Alcorn State, and eight Razorbacks made at least one. The Razorbacks are29 of 63 (46 percent) from three-point range in their past three games. They were 9 of 22 against Oklahoma and 10 of 17 against Michigan.

Bouncing back

Razorbacks freshman forward Michael Qualls had 10 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals in 15 minutes Saturday night. He shot 4 of 5 from the field, including 2 dunks, after shooting 1 of 7 and scoring 2 points over a 41-minute span the previous 5 games.

“It felt great to dunk,” Qualls said. “It always feels great, but I think I get most excited when I see other guys on the team get dunks and get blocks. It riles me up.” Walker graduates

Darrell Walker, the former Arkansas All-America guard who is an assistant coach with the New York Knicks, attended the Arkansas-Alcorn State game with his wife, Lisa, after taking part in graduation ceremonies earlier Saturday. Walker, who was a senior for the Razorbacks during the 1982-1983 season, completed his degree in human resource management by taking online classes.

Just perfect

Arkansas improved to 5-0 all-time against Alcorn State. The teams’ most recent meeting before Saturday night was the Razorbacks’ 130-68 victory in the 2009-2010 season opener when Rotnei Clarke scored an Arkansas school-record 51 points and hit 13 three pointers to set UA and SEC records.

Clarke, who now plays for Butler, scored 19 points in the Bulldogs’ 88-86 overtime victory against No. 1 Indiana on Saturday. He hit 5 of 11 three-pointers.

Sports, Pages 35 on 12/16/2012

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