Mardracus Wade had 13 points, B.J. Young 12 and Marvell Waithe 11 to a balanced Arkansas attack en route to downing Eastern Kentucky 71-57 before 7,500 fans at Bud Walton Arena.
The Razorbacks led by 19 early in the second half before letting that 51-32 advantage shrink to 66-56 with 3:10 left in the contest.
"That's the youth that we talk about," Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson said. "That's the progression. I thought we started playing not to lose. When you start playing not to lose, you start playing to protect the lead."
"We have got to get to that point to where we just continue to play basketball," Anderson added. "If you get an ant down, you better kill it with a sludgehammer. That will come and we will use this game as a point of reference...We do things to let people stay around."
The victory extended Arkansas' winning streak to three while ending Eastern Kentucky's at four.
Arkansas trailed 9-2 early on, but runs of 7-0 and 21-4 later in the half gave the Razorbacks control of the game.
"I think our pressure defense took its toll on Eastern Kentucky's basketball team," Anderson said. "They are an excellent basketball team and they are good at what they do - they mix and match their defense. I think at times that caught out guys to be thinking instead of just reacting."
The first run came after an Anderson timeout and increased defensive pressure.
"In the timeout he told us to do the four-minute drill," Wade said. "The four-minute drill is where we go all out, full-court pressing. It's chaotic out there and we can come from anywhere. We don't care if the ball is in the middle of the floor or wherever. That kind of got us back in the game and shook them up, rattled a little bit."
Waithe wasn't worried and knew that Arkansas just needed to play with more energy than it had starting the game.
"I just thought we were a better basketball team so if we played with energy and played the way we know how to play then those runs would be a given," Waithe said. "At the same time, we needed to come down and make the right plays and smart plays."
Anderson noted that Arkansas switched up its defense at that time as well.
"I think our zone kid of threw them off," Anderson said. "We had been in man-to-man and then all of a sudden we had some guys come off the bench, we went to a zone. They are a team that shoots a lot of threes. Half of their shots tonight were three-point shots."
Rickey Scott added eight points, Rashad Madden and Julysess Nobles seven each and DeVonta Abron six points and 10 rebounds for Arkansas, who came in off a sluggish 62-55 win over Southeastern Louisiana.
Although the Razorbacks shot just 31.6 percent (18-of-57) from the field, they were much better from the free throw line – going 29-of-35 on the night.
That contrasts with making just 11-of-23 last Saturday.
"We didn't shoot the ball particularly great, but one thing we did was we got to the free throw line and tonight - unlike other nights - we actually cashed in on it and made free throws. That's a big difference in a game like this."
Arkansas, which won the board battle 38-36, forced 19 turnovers while having just 10 of its own.
Young, who was tentative in his first career college start last Saturday, was back in a reserve role on Tuesday and flourished.
"I thought he came out in a little bit more of an attack mode," Anderson said. "You can just tell with his body language and how he is playing. He played until he got exhausted out there. I thought he was in a much more relaxed state."
Madden had 7 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists.
"I think you continue to see the emergence of Ky Madden," Anderson said. "He keeps having an imprint on the game and that bodes well for our basketball team."
The Razorbacks will continue their seven-game home stand on Thursday with a game against Louisiana Tech.