FAYETTEVILLE — Freshman Rashad Madden had 10 points and a career-high seven assists to lead the University of Arkansas men’s basketball team over Southeastern Louisiana, 62-55, Saturday afternoon at Bud Walton Arena.
Arkansas improves to 6-3 with the victory, including 6-0 at Bud Walton Arena. Southeastern Louisiana drops to 5-4 with the loss.
In a game that featured five ties and four lead changes in the first half, the Razorback defensive pressure wore down a pesky Lions team. Arkansas used a 20-6 run over a stretch at the end of the first half and beginning of the second to take control of the game.
“I’m proud of our guys for gutting it out and finding a way to win against a team that just wouldn’t go away,” said Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson. “Coming off of the games we’ve played, we’ll take the win.”
Down 28-23 with less than four minutes left in the first half, the Razorbacks got two free throws from Madden to come within three and turned up their defensive intensity. Arkansas forced turnovers and score baskets on three straight possessions, igniting a 12-0 run that had the Bud Walton Arena crowd chanting its support. Southeastern Louisiana netted two free throws before the end of the half, but the Razorbacks turned their five point deficit into a 35-30 lead heading into the break.
“Our defense was the difference in the game,” Anderson said.
Arkansas began the second half with a 6-2 run to continue extending its lead. Freshman forward Devonta Abron hit a layup to give the Razorbacks a 37-32 lead one minute into the half, and sophomore Rickey Scott netted two straight jumpers to increase the lead to 41-32. Read More