FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas scored the first 12 points of the game, survived one run by Elon University and then pulled away from the Phoenix for a 96-52 victory in Bud Walton Arena Saturday.
After falling behind 12-0, Elon (4-8) closed within 22-16 on a Quinton McCleod layup, but Arkansas scored nine straight points, six by Teddy Gipson, and the Phoenix never got closer.
Gipson started the game and finished with 13 points, his highest point total since getting 15 in the season opener against Maine.
Freshman Berry Jordan made his first start and had season highs of nine points and nine rebounds. Junior Blake Eddins also had season highs of five points and five rebounds while senior T.J. Cleveland had a season-high matching nine points to go with three assists and four steals.
Brandon Dean was the star Saturday, scoring 20 points on nine of 12 shooting and adding four steals. He had 14 points in the first half as the Razorbacks (7-4) took a 42-29 lead at the break.
Arkansas shot 49 percent for the game, including 50 percent in the second half, while holding Elon to 23 percent in the second period and 28 percent for the game.
UA turned the ball over a season-low nine times while getting 40 points off 27 Elon turnovers.
A dunk by Dean gave the Hogs a 56-33 lead with 14:30 to play and freshman J.J. Sullinger scored eight straight points in less than 90 seconds to push a 62-45 lead to 70-45 with 7:49 remaining.
Sullinger finished with 11 points, his sixth straight double-figure scoring game.
Jannero Pargo, UA’s leading scorer, had eight points on three of eight shooting, but had a team-high five assists.
Sean Newton led the Phoenix with 10 points.
Arkansas plays at Memphis at 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 2 in a game televised nationally by ESPN2.