Arkansas 103, SWOSU 58

Arkansas' trio of shooting guards - Anthlon Bell, Jimmy Whitt and Dusty Hannahs - combined for 54 points as the Razorbacks hammer Division II foe Southwestern Oklahoma 103-58 Thursday night ay Bud Walton Arena before 2,946 fans.

Arkansas treated its Division II exhibition foe just a Division I squad is supposed to Thursday night with its trio of shooting guard leading the way.

Junior Anthlon Bell had a game-high 21 points, freshman Jimmy Whitt added 19 and junior Dusty Hannahs chipped in 14 as the Razorbacks rolled over Southwestern Oklahoma State University 103-58 at Bud Walton Arena before 2,946 fans.

The trio combined to hit 21-of-35 shots from the field, including 7-of-12 from 3-point range, in a game where the Razorbacks shot 54.8 percent from the field and force 24 turnovers by the visitors, who shot just 30.9 percent.

"It was great to finally get a game under our belts so we can see how these guys perform against someone other than themselves," Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson said. "I can't knock their energy. I thought their energy level was really good.

"I thought Southwestern Oklahoma State was much, much more physical early on. We saw them attack the glass on us and once we got the nerves out, I think we saw our team eventually really get after it. I thought that changed the game.

"We did a good job of sharing the basketball and that's what we always talk about. Creating turnovers, not turning the ball over and dominate on the boards, which we should.

"It was also good to see some new faces in some new situations."

It certainly was nice to get a easy win instead of going through what St. John's did in its exhibition opener and new head coach Chris Mullin's debut - a 90-58 loss to Division II St. Thomas Aquinas Wednesday night - or have to go into overtime as Auburn did before downing Division II Indianapolis 114-109 on Wednesday night.

"We don't come in overlooking any of these teams because we were just talking before the game about how St. John's lost one and teams were getting played really close," noted junior guard Manuale Watkins. "We were just going to do what we do and come out and play hard because we know that if you play in college, you can play basketball.

"...It's over now. It was fun so it is on to the next practice and on to the next game."

It was the college debut of Whitt - one of the nation's top 70 high school players last season with him hitting 7-of-12 from the field, 5-of-6 from the free throw line, picking up four assists and getting two steals before fouling out late in the game after playing 23 minutes .

He had 15 of those points by halftime as Arkansas led 53-28 in a game in which the Razorbacks took their largest lead at 86-39 with 7:21 left in a lay-up by Whitt.

"It was a great experience to be able to get out with the guys the first time and play a game other than ourselves," Whitt said. "Being able to go out therre and have fun - and it was a fun experience for me - and getting the win despite fouling out, it was all a great experience.

"I was reaching a little too much trying to get the home run steal  every time, but that is just something that I need to work on."

Whitt did not take a three-pointer, but Bell knocked down 5-of-7 shots from beyond the arc while Hannahs hit 2-of-5.

"As you see we have multiple guys that can score," Anderson said. "Hopefully it will be a situation this year where hopefully you just can't key in on one or two guys.

"Bell to me looked like the most experienced guy out there and I thought he was real calm. I think that is the experience factor for him. Now we have to get some other guys that experience."

Trey Thompson added 13 points and Keaton Miles and Watkins both 10 each while Jabril Durham had nine assists, Willy Kouassi 10 rebounds and Moses Kingsley 8 points and 9 rebounds.

Arkansas, whose largest lead on Thursday night was 86-39 with over seven minutes left, will finish up its two-game exhibition slate Tuesday night when it hosts Delta State - another Division II school - at 7 p.m.

The Razorbacks will then open the regular season Friday, Nov. 3 against visiting Southern.

Anthlon Bell knocks down one of his five 3-pointers in Thursday's win.

Dusty Hannahs hit 6 of his 11 shots and totaled 14 points.

Jimmy Whitt drives on Collin Jennings for two of his 15 first-half points.

Keaton Miles had 10 points and 7 rebounds in the exhibition win

Jabril Durham had 2 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds on Thursday

Graduate transfer Willy Kouassi had a game-high 10 rebounds

Lorenzo "Doobie" Jenkins takes a shot from the baseline

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