FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Sophomore Blake Eddins hit a three-pointer to start the game and Arkansas never looked back in rolling to a 107-78 home victory over Jackson State.
The Razorbacks, ranked No. 18 by ESPN/USA Today and No. 24 by the Associated Press, led 19-6 quickly on consecutive layups by Carl Baker. JSU (0-4) closed to within 52-47 early in the second half, but Eddins hit another three following a pair of free throws by T.J. Cleveland to start a 12-0 run which gave the Hogs a 64-47 advantage.
Arkansas (2-1) built the lead to 37, 98-61, on a Joe Johnson jumper with 5:20 to go before settling on the final margin.
“The biggest problem (JSU) had was getting the ball down the floor,” head coach Nolan Richardson said. “That’s what we stressed. We’re not going to press just when we score or make a free throw, we’re going to press after a miss. I wanted to make sure everyone got the message that this is the way we need to play. We can’t afford to stand around in a halfcourt game.”
Brandon Dean led six Razorbacks in double figures with 17 points. Johnson had 14, followed by Baker and Charles Tatum with 12 each, Eddins with 11 and Dionisio Gomez with a career-high 10.
Larry Satchell matched his career high with six points, Baker matched his high with two blocks and Gomez matched his high of two assists. Eddins added a personal best three assists.
UA forced 22 turnovers and held the Tigers to 34 percent second-half shooting after JSU hit 52 percent in the first half. Arkansas had 24 assists and just nine turnovers.
All 13 Hogs played in the game with 12 scoring and playing 10 or more minutes.
UA plays host to Louisiana-Monroe Saturday at 2 p.m.