Sophomore Mardracus Wade had 20 points and freshman Rashad Madden 18 points and 6 assists to lead Arkansas to a 97-80 exhibition win over Texas A&M-Commerce Friday night before 6,500 fans at Bud Walton Arena.
Hunter Mickelson and Rickey Scott each added 13 points each for the Razorbacks, playing their first of two exhibition games this season under new bench boss Mike Anderson.
Julysess Nobles had 9 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists while DeVonta Abron added 9 points, Marshawn Powell 7 in 13 foul-plagued minutes and B.J. Young 5.
Michael Sanchez' two points and Marvell Waithe's single tally rounded out the Arkansas' scoring.
Desmond King, the Lonestar Confernce's preseason player of the year, had a monster game for the Division II Lions with 24 points and 19 rebounds while Brad Hambrick added 14 points.
"That was a good basketball team and I though those kids came in here with nothing to lose and everything to gain," Anderson said. "They just left everything on the floor. As I told our guys, when you play a team that are not playing you, they are playing that tradition. They are playing Arkansas. You can't just think you are going to walk in and win."
He was a part of a team that pounded Arkansas on the boards 50-31, but one that also had 25 turnovers to negate that advantage.
"Texas A&M-Commerce was a lot more physical than we were," Anderson said. "They just kind of pounded us on the boards and that shouldn't happen to this basketball team. That is something that we are going to address quickly because we make people hurry up and take shots and then we give up 21 offensive rebounds. That is not good. That is something that we really, really have to get better at."
The Razorbacks won their 13th straight exhibition game while shooting 52.5 percent from the field, including knocking down 8-of-16 3-pointers.
Wade was 6-of-6 from the field and 3-of-3 from 3-point range while knocking down 5-of-7 free throws.
"Looks like he didn't miss a shot and just played within himself," Anderson said.
He thought Arkansas finishing off the game on a 19-6 run had to do with how hard the Razorbacks had worked coming into the game.
"I think we just got a little hungry and that is where our conditioning came in," Wade said. "Coach Anderson has been running us all year, all summer and it just kicked in at that time. Coach A is always telling us that we are going to hit teams and they are going to hit us back, but when it is down to that last five minutes, we are going to see what they are made of."
Madden was 5-of-8 from the field, 3-of-4 from 3-point range, connected on 5 of his 6 charity tosses and also grabbed 4 rebounds with 3 steals and no turnovers in 27 minutes of action.
"I thought he played well," Anderson said. "Ky (Madden) has a very high basketball IQ and you can see that he is very smooth and very versatile. He is an energy guy and I thought he was very active for the most part of the whole game. He didn't try to go get the game, he let it come to him and was out there really orchestrating guys."
His Friday night performance was certainly different than his Sunday Red-White scrimmage performance.
"The last game I played I went 0-for-5 and I had in my mind that I was not going to go 0-for-5 ever again," Madden said. "All week I have been in the gym and had extra practice to get my shot better."
Former Razorback head coach Nolan Richardson was in attendance along with former Arkansas players and current NBA players Joe Johnson and Ronnie Brewer.
Pat Bradley, Clint McDaniel, Blake Eddins and Carter Clark were also former Razorbacks who attended the first game under their former assistant coach.
Arkansas' grabbed what was then it's largest lead of the night at 59-47 with just over 15 minutes left in the game.
TAMC got within 78-74 when Hamrick's 3-pointer, but the Razorbacks scored the game's five next points to regain control.
Abron scored inside and then hit a free throw after Nobles cramped up on lay-up and had to come out and not shoot his charity toss.
Arkansas, which fell behind 14-9 at the start, then sped away for the win.
"It was good to see us in some situations and see how we responded," Anderson said. "Late in the ballgame, Ju goes out and we have a young ball club out there and our freshmen are out there leading us. We got a chance to see some guys under the gun, under pressure and see how they respond."
The Razorbacks will host Christian Brothers in another exhibition game on Tuesday night before opening their regular season next Friday by hosting USC-Upstate.
Mardracus Wade was perfect from the field Friday night while scoring a game-high 20 points.
Rashad Madden had a great all-around game Friday night with 18 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and no turnovers in 27 minutes of action.
Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson expresses his displeasure on Friday night.
B.J. Young gets into the lane trying to score.
Hunter Mickelson scores two of his 13 points inside.
DeVonta Abron works inside against Andrew Davis.