FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas returned from its Christmas break and received 42 presents from Grambling State in a 121-66 rout at Bud Walton Arena Sunday. GSU (0-8) turned the ball over 42 times, matching the highest total in the history of Bud Walton Arena. Bethune-Cookman had 42 on Dec. 2, 1997. After the Razorbacks (8-3) took the ball from the Tigers, they put up a season-high matching 82 shots and made a season-high 44 as eight Hogs scored in double figures.
Sophomores Charles Tatum and Larry Satchell had career highs of 18 and 11 points, respectively, while senior Brandon Davis had a season-high 11. Tatum was six-of-11 from the field while Davis was four-of-seven. Junior Dionisio Gomez matched his career high with 10 points on five-of-seven shooting. Joe Johnson, who came off the bench for the first time this season, was five-of-five for 14 points. Jannero Pargo was four-of-eight, including three-of-six on three-pointers, for 13 points while Brandon Dean added 13 on five-of-nine shooting. All 13 Razorbacks scored with 12 of the 13 playing at least 14 minutes. Grambling, led by Paul Haynes’ 16 points, shot 31 percent for the game (18-of-58). Johnson, T.J. Cleveland and Teddy Gipson were responsible for 12 of GSU’s 42 turnovers with four steals each. The game was tied at 21-21 with 10:40 to go in the first half, but Satchell scored six straight Hog points to give Arkansas an eight-point lead, 36-28, and the rout was on. Arkansas plays host to Maryland-Eastern Shore Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the final non-conference game of the year before traveling to Mississippi State to open Southeastern Conference play on Saturday, Jan. 6.