FAYETTEVILLE - Nothing like a blowout to open a three-game work week.
Rotnie Clarke's 14 points and Jemal Farmer's 13 led another balanced Arkansas attack as the Razorbacks drilled woefully overmatched Florida Gulf Coast 90-47 before an announced crowd of 5,678 at Bud Walton Arena.
Marvell Waithe had 10 points to go along with his game-high 13 rebounds for Arkansas (2-0), who shot 56 percent from the field and hit 14 of 30 3-pointers.
"It is obviously a very small step, but I am proud of our team," Pelphrey said. "This is an outstanding transition basketball team in Florida Gulf Coast and we did a good in transition defense almost all night long."
Arkansas won handily even without its top frontcourt player in Marshawn Powell, who made his own decision to rest a foot that he broke this summer.
"He has his good days and his bad days," Pelphrey said. "It is not worse from being broken. It has been re-X-rayed and looked at and it is fine from that, but I think he is just going to have some good days and bad days.
"I think he did sting it a little bit (in the season opener) against Grambling and we have taken some time off," Pelphrey said. "He actually got through all of practice yesterday...It is on him. Nobody knows his foot better than him....Last Tuesday he was moving around really good and I would have said he is 80 to 85 percent, but after he stung it against Grambling he has some soreness in there."
The Razorbacks had runs of 20-0 in the first half and 18-0 after intermission and led 71-27 with 10 minutes left in the game against a team that had won two straight after losing its season opener 88-60 at Indiana.
It left FGCU head coach Dave Balza very impressed.
"I just thought they played a very well-rounded game and if they play like that every night, they are going to be awfully good," Balza said. "I thought they were very deep...I thought they did a good job getting big in the post and not fouling."
Unlike against Grambling, Arkansas roared out of the locker room both halves by taking a 20-2 lead to start the game and turning a 37-18 advantage into a laugher by scoring 34 of the first 43 points after intermission.
"We wanted to come out to a great start," Pelphrey said. "I think we got off to a great start in the first half - and then we talked about wanting to get off to a good start in the second half. That first five or six or eight minutes, we really took control of it."
The scoring breakdown resembled Arkansas' 79-54 season-opening win over Grambling State in which Clarke had 20 points and seven teammates each added 7 points.
Against FGCU, Marcus Britt and Mardracus Wade added 9 points, Glenn Bryant and Delvon Johnson each had 8 points and 7 rebounds and Julysess Nobles chipped 7 points and a team-high 7 assists.
Rickey Scott had 7 points while junior guard Jeff Peterson had 6 points as Arkansas' perimeter players scored 64 of its 90 points.
Johnson had 4 blocks and Byrant 3 on night when the Razorbacks swatted away 8.
Clarke was 4-of-10 from 3-point range and his teammates were 10-of-20 with Britt hitting a trio and Farmer and Peterson adding a pair each.
Nobles left a favorable impression on Balza.
"I thought he did a great job of penetrating and kicking it for wide open looks," Balza said. "I thought our point guards did exactly the opposite. They had good success the last couple of games getting to the rim, but tonight they went into the lane against those big guys and instead of pitching it in and out like Nobles did, we tried to challenge the bigs."
The Eagles (2-2) had won their past two games over Grambling State and Southeast Missouri State, but Reed Baker was their only double figure scorer with 14 points on a night when his team shot 22 percent in the first half, 25.4 percent from the game and was 2 of 19 from 3-point range.
There were 45 turnovers in the game, 24 by the visitors.
"From a coaching side of it, I was pleased with the effort and the focus, even with the foul trouble and certain guys not being able to be out there yet continuing the state of the game plan," Pelphrey said. "They have a good job of sharing the basketball. I was certainly disappointed in the 21 turnovers. But it is good they gave me something else to talk about."
Arkansas will host Southeast Missouri State Wednesday night to conclude its three-game Razorback Showcase to start the season.
The Razorbacks will then play UAB Friday night at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock.