FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (Univ. of Ark.) - Sophomore Anthlon Bell's career-high 28 led six Razorbacks in double-digits, propelling Arkansas to a 91-71 victory over Indiana State in the first round of the NIT Tuesday.
Bell's effort set a new scoring high for Razorbacks in the NIT and he wasn't just hot from downtown: Bell's six first-half boards were good for another career high on the night. The Razorbacks maintained a 46-32 edge on the glass, grabbing an astounding 33 defensive rebounds.
Freshman Bobby Portis added ten points of his own to 13 grabs on the glass for his fourth career double-double. Portis's career-high night around the rim led the team and included five on the offensive end.
Redshirt junior Alandise Harris's 13 points were good for second high on the team on 5-of-9 from the floor. Junior Rashad Madden, sophomore Michael Qualls and senior Coty Clarke had 11, 11 and 10 points, respectively, to round out the Razorbacks in double figures.
Arkansas finished with a positive assist/turnover ratio for the 27th time this season, capitalizing for 17 points on Indiana State miscues.
The Razorbacks broke away from the Sycamores in the second half behind 65% shooting from the field and 67 percent from beyond the arc.