Board, No. 10 Arkansas defense lift past Fordham, 74-48

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Ricky Council scored 15 points and the Arkansas No. 10 overcame a slow start to beat Fordham 74-48 on Friday night.

Jordan Walsh added 12 and Anthony Black had 10 for the Razorbacks (2-0), who took control with a 26-4 run midway through the first half.

Arkansas overcame a slow start. Neither team scored double-digit runs in the first nine minutes.

“We talked about getting the ball in Ricky Council’s hands tonight based on how they were playing us,” Musselman said. “He’s done a great job of finding people and also being an offensive weapon.”

Arkansas overcame a slow start. Neither team scored double-digit runs in the first nine minutes.

Five players scored for Arkansas during the run. Every player who recorded more than five minutes had at least six points.

Arkansas scored 30 points on 30 turnovers for Fordham (1-1). The 30 takeaways were the most turnovers the team had forced since 2004 against Louisiana-Monroe.

“Defensively, I thought we were phenomenal. I don’t use that word often,” Musselman said. who averaged almost 80 points last year.”

Darius Quisenberry and Elijah Gray were the only double-digit Fordham players, scoring 10 apiece.

Arkansas outscored the Rams 54-20 in the paint, but the Razorbacks only made 2 of 16 3-pointers.

ALWAYS NOT

Arkansas is still awaiting the debut of first-year guard Nick Smith Jr. Musselman said Smith’s condition is day-to-day due to a knee injury.

One of the top rookies of 2022, Smith is likely an NBA lottery pick in the spring. He also missed the team’s opener against North Dakota State on Monday.

BIG PICTURE

Arkansas likely won’t be really tested until the Maui Invitational Nov. 21-23, when the Razorbacks face their first power conference opponents of the season.

NEXT

Arkansas will host defending Summit League champions South Dakota State on Wednesday.

Fordham hosts New Hampshire on Tuesday.

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