GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With a driving layup at the 14:04 mark of the second half, Anthlon Bell became the 39th player in program history to score 1,000 points in his Razorback career.
Coming out of Bartlett High School in Memphis as the school’s all-time leading scorer with over 2,000 points, Bell has continued his bucket-filling ways in Fayetteville. A deadly shooter from beyond the arc, Bell has hit at least one three-pointer in 83 of 119 games played in his career, including one in all 22 games so far this season.
Bell has led the team in treys made in each of his first three seasons at Arkansas. If he outpaces teammate Dusty Hannahs and does it again this year, he would become the second player in program history (Pat Bradley, 1995-99) to lead the Razorbacks in three-pointers in four consecutive years.
At LSU on Jan. 16, Bell became the sixth player in program history to hit 200 career threes. He has 215 career treys, which is three behind Lee Mayberry for fifth all-time in program history. He’s on pace to hit 98 three-pointers this year, which would fall just shy of Scotty Thurman’s record of 102 in the 1994-95 season.
Bell scored a career-high 28 points against Indiana State in the first round of the 2014 NIT, hitting 11-for-13 from the field, including 6-of-8 from beyond the arc. That career-best mark still stands, but Bell has stepped things up even further as a senior.
After averaging 6.6 points per game through his first three seasons, Bell has more than doubled that number to 16.4 this year. He has started the last 20 games for the Razorbacks and has scored in double figures 20 times in 22 games so far this season. Bell has hit 67 three-pointers, which surpassed his previous career high of 65 as a junior.
Bell garnered national attention by winning the SEC Player of the Week award on Jan. 11 after averaging 25.5 points per game in wins over Vanderbilt and Mississippi State. He has also been a clutch go-to option in late-game situations. He hit a game-tying three-pointer that sent the game into overtime at Dayton and the go-ahead three-pointer vs. Vanderbilt, in a span of three games.