University of Arkansas junior big man Michael Washington showed Monday night why he was named to second-team All-SEC preseason list earlier in the day.
Fellow junior Stefan Welsh and rookie Rotnei Clarke figure they might want some of that by the end of the year.
Washington poured in 22 points, Welsh added 20 points and Clarke 17 as the Razorbacks routed the over-matched Campbellsville 103-58 in the first game of their two-game exhibition slate.
"I wasn't at all surprised about the numbers we put up," said Welsh, who was 4-of-6 from 3-point range. "This group can score, there's no doubt about it. We need to get better on defense, but we're going to score some points."
Redshirt freshman Michael Sanchez added 13 points and 5 rebounds, true freshmen Jason Henry 10 points and Marcus Britt 6 assists as Arkansas shot a blistering 60.6 percent from the field before a sparse crowd at Bud Walton Arena that was announced as 4,500.
Freshman Brandon Moore also had 7 rebounds and new small forwards Henry and Montrell McDonald each grabbed 6.
The Razorbacks, who cap the exhibition season against Dillard on Thursday night, buried 10 3-pointers in their victory with one of the few negatives being 24 fouls.
"Obviously I am very happy with some of the things we were able to do," Arkansas head coach John Pelphrey said. "Surprised at the point margin we were able to put up - I thouight we shot the ball really well. The defense was good in terms of holding them to a low shooting percentage from the field, but we need to work on not fouling so much."
Washington - the only Razorback inside player with any college experience - was 9-of-15 from the field, knocked down a 3-pointer, grabbed 7 rebounds, had 4 blocks and a steal. His only bad column was 6 turnovers.
"The whole group stepped it up tonight, but we see things we need to improve on," Washington said. "I was impressed with the young guys tonight. I feel like it's my job to take up where Steven Hill and those guys left off and become a leader on this team."
Campbellsville, an NAIA school in Kentucky coached by former Pelphrey high school teammate Keith Adkins, shot just 31 percent from the field and coughed up 21 turnovers.
"It was a tough game," Adkins said. "Our offense was out of sync. One major problem is that I have a different view on competing than the rest of the players...Everbody did a good job, but really needs to get on the same page as I am."
Arkansas played without likely starting point guard Courtney Fortson, a true freshmen who will make his debut on Thursday after serving a 2-game suspension.
Clarke was 5-of-7 from the field, 4-of-6 from 3-point range and 3-of-3 from the free throw line.
"Rotnei Clarke is truly something special," Adkins said. "Even when you take away the shooting, he is still a tough nut on the court. He does not act like a freshman now playing in the SEC. Courtney Fortson, who sat out tonight, was even more talked up than Clarke. John really speaks high of him and together they are really going to be something special for the next four years to come."
Clarke was just happy to be a part of the winning effort.
"We see how versatile we are now," Clarke said. "We have some guys that can do a little bit of everything - scoring, rebounding, passing. We can do it all, we just need to put it together."
Welsh had 15 of his points by halftime, including 5 in the last minute to send the Razorbacks into intermission with a 52-27 advantage.
Washington had 14 of his points and 6 of his rebounds and Clarke 11 points at the break.
The Razorbacks, who shot 56.3 percent in the opening 20 minutes, had six 3-pointers in the first half with Welsh knocking down a trio, Clarke a pair and Washington even cashing in one.
Clarke also was fouled on one of his attempts and nailed 3 free throws.
He also had a couple of driving lay-ups on the fast break.
"Coach is always preaching that we need to get up the floor and score in transition," Clarke said. "I got the ball a couple of times tonight with open floor in front of me so I just took what he said to heart and went to the basket."
The second half was more of the same with the Razorbacks topping the century mark with 1:25 left when Stephen Cox scored inside and converted the free throw to surge his team ahead 102-56.
Arkansas, which has 7 new players this season, will open its regular season on Nov. 14 against Southeastern Louisiana.
"I found a lot I can harp on in practice," Pelphrey said. "We need to continue to get better. The young guys grew up today and they're only going to continue to get better."
Andre Clark goes for a dunk as Justin Vitatoe takes a charge.
Michael Washington puts in a pair of his game-high 22 points, this bucket coming over Vitatoe.
Arkansas 103, Campbellsville 58
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