FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas shot a season-high 60.3 percent from the field and the 23rd-ranked Razorbacks rolled past Northwestern State, 115-47, Wednesday.
The 68-point margin of victory matches the third-largest in school history. UA beat Montevallo, 131-63, in 1993-94.
Junior guards Jannero Pargo and Brandon Dean each scored a season-high 20 points to lead four players in double figures. Joe Johnson added 16 points and Carl Baker 11, which is one point short of his season high. Entering the game, Baker had scored a total of four points in the four previous games and only six points in the previous five contests.
Northwestern (3-3) led 7-4 early, but by the time the Demons scored their next seven points, the Razorbacks (7-2) held a 32-14 lead. Arkansas led 52-16 at the break thanks to 59 percent shooting. The Hogs were even hotter in the second period, hitting 25-of-41 shots for 61 percent.
Eight players shot 50 percent or better. Carter Clark scored the first points of his career, five, on two-of-two shooting while Teddy Gipson was also perfect, three-for-three, for nine points. Dean was eight-of-nine and Pargo eight-of-10.
Arkansas forced 31 turnovers and limited NSU to 28 percent shooting.
The Razorbacks travel to Oklahoma Saturday for a 7 p.m. tilt.