Arkansas 104, UTSA 71

Arkansas freshman Bobby Portis has 19 points and 10 rebounds and Rashad Madden adds 15 points as the Razorbacks force 28 turnovers and win their seventh straight game by downing UTSA 104-71 Saturday before 8,801 fans at Bud Walton Arena.

Unlike frustrated cartoon character Wylie E. Coyote, Arkansas figured out several ways to drop an Anvil on a bunch of Roadrunners Saturday night.

It left their coach going Bleep-Bleep and out of timeouts with nearly 15 minutes left in the game.

Bobby Portis was a perfect 8-of-8 from the field and recorded a double-double with a career-high 19 points and 10 rebounds and Rashad Madden added 15 points as the Razorbacks totally dismantled the University of Texas San-Antonio 104-71 before 8,801 fans at Bud Walton Arena.

"The final non-conference game, and I was pleased with the effort of our guys," Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson said. " I thought our effort was there, and obviously when you get a lead of that magnitude, sometimes the interest kind of goes the other way.

"So that was my biggest charge at halftime, was making sure our guys stayed engaged and understanding that the game is not over with and we want to continue to play good basketball," Anderson added. "We out-manned them, we had a size advantage, and I thought we did a good job of taking advantage of that."



The win over the Roadrunners (4-9) – coached by former Oklahoma State player Brooks Thompson - was the 22th straight at home for Arkansas (11-2), whose streak is tied for fourth longest nationally.

"I thought they were really good," Thompson said of Arkansas. "I've watched quite a bit of film on them. Obviously, 11-2 is pretty good and the SEC is a great league. But I knew exactly what it was going to be like, but what I think of Arkansas is what I think of what Mike Anderson does - plays a lot of guys, plays very hard, plays fast and they create a tempo that's very hard to deal with.

"They take you out of everything you want to do with their press and how hard they play with their pressure," Thompson said. "They are obviously the best team we've played by far this year."

The Razorbacks - who had 14 steals while forcing 28 turnovers - will take a seven-game overall winning streak into their SEC opener and first true road game at Texas A&M (9-4) on Wednesday night.

In the seven-game winning streak - which equals the longest for Anderson at the helm of the Razorbacks - Arkansa has forced 142 turnovers while allowing just 138 field goals.

"The way I am looking at it is that we are building some continuity, we are getting a little bit better," Anderson said. "We are getting some other guys that are starting to play well for us.

"...There are some things that we are doing well and as we continue to get into conference play, intensity will turn up even more notches," Anderson added. "We want to continue to play attack basketball. That's to me is what we are doing – attacking them defensively and we are attacking them offensively as well."

In addition to being perfect from the field and grabbing the 10 boards, Portis was 3-of-4 from the free throw line and also had 3 blocks, 3 assists and 2 steals in 23 minutes.

He is 27-of-34 from the field in the last four games.

"You look at it and he was almost perfect," Anderson said. "He missed one free throw. I mean he rebounded the basketball. In 23 minutes – three assists and three blocked shots. He was active tonight. He is playing some quality minutes for us. He has a big-time motor, energy and he's got a great feel for the game.

"He'll be the first to say that 'my teammates did a great job of getting me the ball in the right position,' but he is active, he is running, he is in the passing lane," Anderson added. "Can you imagine a 6-10 guy out there on the wing deflecting passes? He's not done it only once. He has done it two or three times this year. That tells me he is really picking up on things even quicker than I anticipated."

Michael Qualls added 11 points, and Moses Kingsley and Kikko Haydar chipped in 9 each for the Razorbacks, who opened SEC play last season with a 69-51 loss at Texas A&M last season in which they were out-rebounbded 51-27.

"We feel confident," Haydar said. "We're ready to play. We're excited that we open up on the road. We're ready to play. A&M is going to be a very tough opponent and it's gong to be a tough place to play. We're going to have to be on our A game."

Haydar - who saw his coach get a technical up 30 after he took what looked like a charge to Anderson - noted that Arkansas still has to prove itself.

"We have everything to prove," Haydar said. " We haven't done anything yet. And we're excited for the opportunity. We know how the past has gone and we're ready to break through and start something new, so we're ready to start it off."

Devon Agusi had 20 points to lead the Roadrunners.

"Glad we scored 71 points," Thompson said. "Obviously, the flip side of that Arkansas gave as good as it gets on our defensive end. It's a very, very well coached and classy basketball organization here. Their athleticism and length is something we couldn't match."

Photos by Jason Ivester





Rashad Madden continued his fine play at point guard with 15 points, 2 assists and no turnovers in 20 turnovers.





Moses Kingsley had 9 points and 3 rebounds.





Alandise Harris drives the baseline.





Bobby Portis gets one of his three blocks on the night.





Michael Qualls came off the bench for 11 points.


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