Arkansas-Dillard Blog

Rotnei Clarke hit four 3-pointers and Michael Washington and Glenn Bryant added double-doubles in Arkansas' 77-59 win over Dillard in the first exhibition of the season.

Arkansas 77, Dillard 59 (Final)

Washington finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds and Bryant had 17 points and 10 boards in the Razorback win. Rotnei Clarke started the game hot and finished with 17 points on 5-of-15 shooting. Courtney Fortson added eight points and nine assists.

Arkansas' big men were certainly the big story with 22 second-chance points and nine blocks on the night.

Dudley will be along shortly with the game story and I'll be back later with some video interviews from postgame.

Arkansas 72, Dillard 52 (3:12 second half)

The good? Arkansas has got good production from its post players. Washington, Bryant and Delvon Johnson have combined for 44 points and 25 rebounds. Both Washington and Bryant have double-doubles.

The bad? The Razorbacks are shooting atrociously tonight. Arkansas is 27-of-69 from the field and just 7-of-30 from beyond the 3-point arc and has failed to score in transition.

Arkansas 69, Dillard 45 (7:52 second half)

Washington has recorded a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds and Bryant is closing in on one of his own. Even Stephen Cox is getting in on the action as "the golfer" had a lay-up and foul.

Brandon Mitchell has not gotten on the floor yet and is still in his warm-ups. Does this remind anyone of Arkansas' squad last season with a golfer, a football player and several newcomers?

Arkansas 62, Dillard 41 (11:44 second half)

Well, apparently the Hogs got their wake-up call. Michael Washington had a pair of emphatic stick-backs and Courtney Fortson's 3-pointer extended Arkansas' lead to as much as 23 points.

Washington took a seat just before the latest media timeout with 22 points and nine rebounds on the night. Glenn Bryant is having a nice night off the bench as well with 11 points and five boards.

Arkansas 50, Dillard 34 (15:50 second half)

The Razorbacks certainly didn't start the second half to the level of their first half. Not even close.

Dillard opened up the half on a 6-0 run and Arkansas didn't score its first points of the second frame until a Jemal Farmer lay-up at the 16:32 mark.

Also forgot to mention Michael Sanchez earlier as players not in uniform. He is still out with plantar fasciitis, but he is on the Razorback bench.

Arkansas 47, Dillard 28 (Halftime)

Clarke hit another pair of treys in the final two minutes of the first half and has 12 points to go along with Washington's 17 at halftime. The duo has combined to hit all of Arkansas' perimeter shots, but the Hogs are just 6-of-21 from downtown for the game.

Another nice addition has been freshman Glenn Bryant, who has nine points at the break. Courtney Fortson has added four points and six assists.

Arkansas 33, Dillard 22 (3:53 first half)

Washington has become the story of the night. He is without a doubt the best player in the gym. He currently has 17 points and six rebounds as the Hogs have opened up an 11-point lead.

Arkansas 25, Dillard 18 (6:40 first half)

Michael Washington - who earlier today was named preseason first-team all-SEC by league coaches - has caught fire and scored 11 points for the Razorbacks, including back-to-back 3-pointers.

We're also told Powell is out tonight with an illness. Still no word on Welsh's absence.

Arkansas 8, Dillard 7 (15:47 first half)

Lots of action tonight early on tonight at Bud Walton Arena, but the real storyline is on - and off - the Razorback bench.

Neither Stefan Welsh nor Marshawn Powell are dressed out tonight for Arkansas or on the bench. The reason? We don't know.

Arkansas coach John Pelphrey said earlier in the week that no suspensions would be served tonight.

The other story? Arkansas has a new member on its roster in Brandon Mitchell. Yes, THAT Brandon Mitchell, the freshman quarterback on the football team.

Mitchell underwent a surgery a few weeks back to repair a hernia and his football season is over. He was a standout basketball player in high school and originally committed to play that sport for LSU as a sophomore.

On the court, Rotnei Clarke has been Arkansas' most consistent weapon early on. The sophomore has hit a pair of treys as the Hogs lead 8-7 at the first break.

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