Arkansas cruises to victory in final SEC tune-up
Arkansas guard Mardracus Wade knocks the ball away from Delaware State guard Chris Lewis (34) Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, during the second half of play in Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE BJ Young scored 19 points and Arkansas beat Delaware State 86-51 Saturday at Bud Walton Arena.
The Hornets stormed out to an 8-4 lead, but failed to make a shot in the next seven minutes as Arkansas took control of the game.
The Razorbacks outscored Delaware State 39-10 over the final 15:33 of the first half and led 43-18 at halftime.
Arkansas scored 23 points off of 16 Delaware State turnovers. The Razorbacks also out-rebounded the Hornets 31-26, even though Coty Clarke, the team's second-leading rebounder, did not play because of a family emergency.
Forward Michael Qualls filled in for the junior by contributing seven points and five rebounds in 13 minutes off the bench. Fellow freshman reserve Anthlon Bell added 12 points, hitting 4 of 6 attempts from beyond the arc.
Young made 8 of 9 shot attempts in the game to lead the Razorbacks, which shot 58.2 percent from the field and 80 percent at the free throw line as a team.
Delaware State (6-9) shot just 38.3 percent.
Arkansas (9-4) opens Southeastern Conference play on the road at Texas A&M on Wednesday