The Braves kept up with the Razorbacks in the first five minutes, exchanging the lead with Arkansas three times. It did not last long, however, as the Razorbacks used a run of 10-0 to extend its lead to 31-16 and ended the half on a 22-3 run to take a 53-24 lead into the locker room.
"I thought our guys played well," Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said. "After that first timeout, we really honed in on our defense and our defense was pretty good for the most part."
Marshawn Powell led the way for the Razorbacks with 18 points and seven rebounds in just 19 minutes of play.
"Marshawn Powell continues to play at a high level," Anderson said. "We ask for guys to give us quality minutes and not just a quantity and no question about it, he had 18 points and seven rebounds in limited time.
"We saw guys out there playing the right way. That looked like Razorback basketball tonight."
Arkansas returned to the hardwood for the first time since its fourth loss in a difficult five-game stretch starting in Las Vegas and ending in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Razorbacks out-rebounded the Braves 47-33 and forced 24 turnovers after six days off.
"The loss against Michigan left a bad taste in our mouth and you have to bounce back," Arkansas forward Michael Qualls said. "Every time you take a loss, you want to come back and play your heart out. Coach put an emphasis on rebounding and playing more aggressive, so we came out and did it."
The most minutes recorded by an Arkansas starter was 23 minutes, by Hunter Mickelson. The other starters did not play in the final 12 minutes of the game and the Razorbacks' bench scored 56 points.
"Our bench came in and gave us some quality minutes," Anderson said. "They gave us two things I talked about - effort and attitude. The effort was giving us that second, third and fourth effort and rebounding the basketball. And the attitude was playing to win and I thought our guys did that."
Arkansas' largest lead of the night (42 points) came when Fred Gulley hit a three-pointer with 3 minutes, 23 seconds left in the game to extend the Razorbacks' lead to 92-51. Gulley made his debut as a Razorback Saturday night.
"I thought for a guy that's been sitting out for a year, he came in and got it going defensively," Anderson said. "He got his hand on the ball a lot when he came out there and you could see that he is a little more basketball savvy than some of the younger guys.
"I thought he played well. He's got a feel for the game."
The Razorbacks will host Robert Morris at 7 p.m. on Thursday before traveling to Little Rock to play Alabama A&M on Saturday.