Arkansas 130, Alcorn State 68 (Blog)

Rotnei Clarke (51 points, 13 made 3-pointers) put on a show for the ages Friday night. He now owns the school and arena records for points in a game and school and SEC records for made 3-pointers. Needless to say, a short-handed Arkansas team rolled through its season-opener.

Arkansas 130, Alcorn State 68 (Final)

Rotnei Clarke's 51 points and 13 made 3-pointers will go down in the Razorback history books. He left to a loud standing ovation with 5:16 left in the game.

We'll have much more on his big night later.

Not to be overlooked, Jemal Farmer had 28 points and 12 rebounds, and Marshawn Powell added 17 points and 11 boards.

The 62-point margin of victory is Arkansas' third-largest of all-time in Bud Walton Arena.

Arkansas 112, Alcorn State 47 (7:06 second half)

Let's sort through the records right now.

Clarke has set school and arena scoring records with 48 to this point. Martin Terry held the school record with 47 in 1973 and Kentucky's Jodie Meeks previously held the school record with 45 last season.

He has 12 made 3-pointers, which ties the school and SEC records set by Alex Dillard in 1993-94 against Delaware State.

Arkansas 99, Alcorn State 39 (11:50 second half)

Clarke has now set a record for most points by a Razorback with 41 at the 12:02 mark in the second half. He has hit 11-of-13 attempts from 3-point range.

Arkansas 82, Alcorn State 30 (15:52 second half)

Rotnei Clarke hit another trey just more than a minute into the second half to give him 10 of those for the game. That ties him with Pat Bradley for second-most in a game for the Razorbacks and just two shy of Alex Dillard's school record.

The Hogs have opened up a 52-point lead to tie their largest of the game.

Arkansas 71, Alcorn State 26 (Halftime)

Clarke has set a career-high by halftime. He has 31 points on 9-of-11 shooting from 3-point range and the Hogs have scored 70 points in a first half for the first time ever in Bud Walton Arena, according to our research.

Other big contributions have been Michael Washington with 12 points in just six minutes of play, Marshawn Powell has six points and nine rebounds, and Jemal Farmer has added 10 points and six rebounds.

Arkansas as a team is shooting 24-of-41 from the field and 10-of-17 from 3-point range. The Hogs have forced 16 turnovers and scored 35 points off those.

Alcorn State is just 7-of-23 from the floor. Clarke has hit more treys than the Braves have shots.

Arkansas 45, Alcorn State 19 (6:49 first half)

This is fun to watch. Rotnei Clarke is putting on the best shooting display we've ever seen in Bud Walton Arena, or at least early on. We'll see if he wears out, but right now he is 8-of-9 from 3-point range and has tied a career-high with 26 points on his last triple at the 7:14 mark. He also has three assists.

Some records to keep an eye on: Jodie Meeks has the Bud Walton Arena scoring record with 45 last season and Alex Dillard the school, conference and arena record for most threes made in a game (12). Dillard needed 22 attempts to accomplish that feat.

Also, we're going to assume Clarke hits the 30-point mark, which will be the second consecutive year a Razorback will have accomplished that feat with Michael Washington scoring 30 in last season's premiere.

Arkansas 33, Alcorn State 11 (11:40 first half)

And now Goodman is a genius. Clarke is putting on the best shooting exhibition since Alex Dillard hit 12 treys against Delaware State in 1994.

Clarke is now 6-for-6 from 3-point range and has 20 points just more than eight minutes into the game. The six treys have already tied his career-high and he is just six points shy of his career scoring effort of 26 points last season against Alabama.

Arkansas used a 16-0 run to break the game open, aided by three Clarke triples.

Arkansas 21, Alcorn State 6 (15:52 first half)

Rotnei Clarke is sure making Jeff Goodman look smart. Goodman, a national basketball writer for, ranked Clarke as the best shooter in the nation this preseason. Clarke hasn't disappointed early on tonight, hitting 4-of-4 attempts from 3-point range in the first four minutes of the Hogs' opener.

Michael Washington picked up two fouls in the game's first 46 seconds and has been replaced by Delvon Johnson. Johnson has five points at the first break.


As expected there is a relatively small crowd for tonight's opener, but large in relation to Arkansas' pair of exhibition games last week.

Not expected, there are 10 in uniform tonight for the Razorbacks with the recent additions of walk-ons Cody Lay and Chris Roberts. A UA spokesperson said this could be the only game the duo dresses for this season.

Lay is a 6-5 small forward from Rogers. We haven't found any information on Rogers as of yet. We'll pass it along as soon as we get it.

The starting lineup tonight is Rotnei Clarke, Michael Washington, Julysses Nobles, Marshawn Powell and Jemal Farmer. John Pelphrey also received a very loud ovation during the introductions.

Michael Sanchez (plantar fasciitis) and Jeff Peterson (redshirt) are also on the Razorback bench. None of Arkansas' five suspended players are here.

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