Hogs Start 6-0 For First Time In 17 Years
FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM)- For the first time since 1997-1998 the Arkansas basketball team has started the season 6-0. The Razorback beat Iona, 94-77, Sunday afternoon at Bud Walton Arena.
Down by as many as seven points in the first half, the Hogs used a 17-4 run in the second half to pull away as juniors Michael Qualls and Anthlon Bell each scored 20 points
Bell was Arkansas’ biggest offensive threat over the first 25 minutes of the game, scoring 18 of his 20 points over that span, including five three-pointers.
Qualls went 3-for-7 from three as the duo made a combined eight threes for the second straight contest. Qualls and Bell are the second Arkansas tandem to score 20 points in the same game this season. Iona shot 7-of-23 from three-point land, which is six threes below its NCAA-leading average.
Senior Rashad Madden added 16 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and two steals. Sophomore Bobby Portis was the final Razorback in double figures with 11 points and joined Qualls with a team-best nine rebounds..
Arkansas’ depth helped force Iona into 18 turnovers that led to a 25-15 edge in points off miscues. The Razorbacks’ also controlled the boards with 21 offensive caroms that led to 20 points compared to just five second chance points for Iona.