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Arkansas improves to 6-0 with win over Iona

1812 days ago
Associated Press
Photo: Sarah Bentham | AP

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Michael Qualls and Anthlon Bell each scored 20 points to help No. 25 Arkansas beat Iona 94-77 on Sunday.

Arkansas improved to 6-0 for the first time since the 1997-98 season. The Razorbacks have won 11 straight games at Bud Walton Arena.

Qualls scored 10 points in a late 4-minute stretch to spark a 17-4 run that put the game away. The junior had 15 points in the second half while playing through an unspecified illness.

A.J. English scored 19 of his 25 points in the first half for Iona (4-2). David Laury also had 25 points.

Anton Beard hit a 3-pointer with 10:58 remaining to give Arkansas the lead for good at 63-61.

Qualls also had nine rebounds. He hit three 3-pointers during the final 10:12, added an acrobatic one-handed steal while falling into the Arkansas bench and shut down English in the second half.

English made 6 of 8 field-goal attempts in the first half and scored 19 points before halftime. Arkansas made a halftime defensive adjustment to put Qualls on the guard and he didn't attempt a field goal for more than 12 minutes to begin the second half.

Laury also had 14 rebounds. Iona led by eight points in the first half, but Arkansas quickly closed the gap with six 3-pointers before halftime. The Razorbacks led 44-40 at the intermission.

The Razorbacks made 11 of 25 3-point attempts. Bell made five 3-pointers.

Arkansas shot 49 percent in the second half and wore down the Gaels with its defensive pressure. The Razorbacks finished the game with 25 points off 18 Iona turnovers.

Rashad Madden added 16 points for Arkansas, and Bobby Portis had 11 points and nine rebounds. Kelvin Amayo had 13 points for the Gaels.

The teams entered the game as two of the highest scoring in college basketball. Arkansas ranked seventh in the NCAA at 89.2 points per game, while Iona was 12th with 88 points per game. The game was played as part of the Global Sports Roundball Showcase.