Photo Courtesy: UA Athletics (Logan J. Webster)
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - To say Arkansas sent its five seniors out in style in their final home game of the regular season would be an understatement. Behind a program SEC single-game record-tying 17 three-pointers, the Razorbacks picked up their sixth straight win with a 110-80 defeat of Ole Miss on Wednesday night in front of 15,962 fans at Bud Walton Arena.
Not only were the 17 three-pointers a program SEC record, but the 110 points is the most by an Arkansas club in an SEC game at Bud Walton Arena. To put the SEC home scoring record in perspective, the Razorbacks have scored 100 points 38 times at Bud Walton Arena compared to zero by its opponents. The six-game SEC win streak is Arkansas' longest since 1998, as it improves to 21-9 overall and 10-7 in the SEC to sit in a tie for fourth place in the league standings. The Razorbacks snapped a six-game skid against Ole Miss, dropping the Rebels to 17-13 and 8-9 in the SEC.
Although it was senior night, sophomore Anthlon Bell stole the show when he scored 14 points in a span of 2:53 in the first half en route to a career-high 23 points on 7-of-10 from three-point range. Bell's 23 points came over just 12 minutes on the floor as he combined with fellow Memphis native senior Mardracus Wade to account for 12 of the team's SEC record-tying 17 three-pointers. Wade finished right behind Bell with a season-high 18 points on 5-of-7 from three.
Arkansas trailed for a total of 17 seconds in the game, as it fell behind 17-16 with 11:27 to go in the first half before unleashing Bell and a 23-8 run that resulted in the home team leading by double-digits for the final 26:35 of the night. Bell accounted for 14 points during the run over the aforementioned 2:53 span, while reigning SEC Player of the Week Coty Clarke supplied five on his 13 points during the run.
Led by Bell's 23 points, the Arkansas bench provided a staggering 71 points as junior Rashad Madden and redshirt junior Alandise Harris scored 14 and 13 points, respectively, off the pine. It marked the seventh time this season five players have reached double figures, the fourth time Arkansas has scored a 100 points and the third time the Arkansas bench has supplied at least 60 points.
Not to be lost in the three-point barrage was Arkansas' season-high 27 assists on its 37 made field goals compared to just six turnovers. The 48 percent night from the field (37-77) was bested by the 17-of-30 performance beyond the arc and 19-of-20 performance at the free throw line.
Worthy Of A Hog Call (#WPS)
Bell has earned the hashtag #BellinBunches over the last four games for his ability to score consecutive points for Arkansas. Midway through the first half, Bell was at it again, scoring 14 points in a span of 2:53 with a quartet of three-pointers and a runner during a 23-8 run for the Razorbacks. Bell has bested his career-high twice in the last four games, making 13-of-26 from three over that span.
@RazorbackMBB Quick Hits
? Set a program SEC home record with 110 points, besting the previous mark of 107 against Auburn on Feb. 21, 1998.
? Equaled the program SEC record with 17 three-points, tying the set in 1995 and 1998, both times against Auburn.
? The six-game SEC win streak is the longest since 1998.
? Arkansas' six-game win streak is currently the fifth-longest by a BCS team.
? The Razorbacks have won eight of their last nine, the most over a nine-game span since 1995.
? Arkansas' 21 wins are the most in the regular season since 2005-06.
? The 20 SEC wins over the last two seasons are the most over a two-year span since 1997-98 and 1998-99.
? Head coach Mike Anderson picked up his 50th win at Bud Walton Arena since taking over in 2011-12.
? Arkansas has scored 100 points at Bud Walton Arena 38 times since it opened in 1993-94, while its opponents have never scored 100.
? Arkansas has four 100-point games this season, the most since 2000-01.
? Four 100-point games are the same total produced by the rest of the SEC this season.
? Arkansas has trailed by more than three points for just 2:07 during its six-game win streak (245 minutes)
? Arkansas' 22-point halftime was its largest in an SEC game since Feb. 10, 2010 vs. LSU via @HogStats.
? Bell is the sixth different Razorback to score 20 points in a game this season.
Coach Anderson Postgame Sound
"If you scripted a senior night this would be the type of game you'd want to play. To send our seniors out of Bud Walton Arena with that type of performance is special. Maybe the best senior day performance I've ever been a part of."
? Set a season-high with 27 assists, improving to 6-0 when passing out 20+ assists.
? Committed single-digit turnovers for the sixth time and second straight game.
? Coach Anderson is now 81-1 when his team passes out 20+ assists.
? Arkansas scored 27 points off 18 Ole Miss turnovers, good for a SEC season-high.
? 16th game with 20 points off miscues.
? The Razorbacks have won the turnover battle by double-digits six times.
? Just two SEC teams have finished with a positive assist/turnover ratio against Arkansas this season.
? The 12 steals is the 10th double figure performance of the year and third in the last five games.
? Arkansas now has 64 steals over its six-game win streak.
? Arkansas has won the turnover battle in 28 of 30 games.
Patrick Pierson: Associate Communications Director