Fayetteville, Ark. – The Arkansas Razorbacks opened their 2012-2013 men’s college basketball season in style Friday night beating Southwest Baptist 106-78.
If the first game of the Hogs’ exhibition season gives fans any indication of how the upcoming season may go, the incoming freshman will have a strong impact on the success of this year’s team.
Freshman guard Anthlon Bell scored a game-high 17 points on 6 of 8 shooting including 3-3 from behind the arc and fellow freshman guard Michael Qualls had four highlight dunks against the Bearcats.
Arkansas took the floor with a starting lineup of Marshawn Powell, Hunter Mickelson, Rickey Scott, Ky Madden, and Mardarcus Wade.
The Hogs had balanced scoring with five players tallying double digit point totals; Bell 17, Powell 16, Mickelson 11, Scott 11, and Qualls 10. Jacorey Williams led the Razorbacks with 7 rebounds in fifteen minutes of action.
B.J. Young added nine points off the bench with four assists.
Head coach Mike Anderson had the Hogs impose their physical will on the Bearcats forcing 26 turnovers and out rebounding Southwest Baptist 40-31. Arkansas also distributed the ball well registering 26 total assists.
The big difference in the game was the Razorbacks unusually strong team performance from the free throw line hitting 24 of 26 attempts.
In a true exhibition style of a game for the Hogs no player logged more than 20 minutes of action on the hardwood. Hunter Mickelson and B.J. Young both had a team-high 19 minutes of game time.
Gilbert Gyamfi led the Bearcats with 12 points on 4 of 5 shooting.
The Razorbacks have one more exhibition game against LeMoyne-Ownen before starting their regular season on Nov. 9 against University of Houston in Fayetteville.