FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Rotnei Clarke scored a season-high 24 points and became the 34th player in school history with at least 1,000 points as Arkansas defeated North Carolina A&T 87-59 on Wednesday night.
Arkansas (9-2) played without forward Marshawn Powell, who was suspended before the game. The Razorbacks made the most of their outside game without the preseason first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection, hitting a season-best 15 3-pointers.
Clarke finished 6 of 11 from behind the arc and now has 221 3-pointers in his career. He moved past Lee Mayberry for fourth on the school’s all-time list on Wednesday and is now five 3’s behind Todd Day for third.
Marcus Britt scored all 12 of his points on four 3-poiners for Arkansas, and Delvon Johnson added nine points and 13 rebounds.
The Aggies (5-7) were led by Marc Hill and Thomas Coleman with 16 points each. Coleman also had 15 rebounds, and Nic Simpson added 12 points for North Carolina A&T.
Neither team shot well in the first half, combining to hit only 22 of 75 shots (29.3 percent). Despite connecting on just 8 of 37 shots (21.6 percent) in the half, the Aggies trailed by only three at 18-15 after a free throw by Simpson.
Arkansas found its shooting touch after that, connecting on five 3-pointers during a 19-4 run and extending its lead to 37-19. Britt hit three of his 3-pointers during the run, which Clarke capped with his third 3-pointer of the half.
The Razorbacks hit 15 of 33 3-pointers, with five players hitting at least one from behind the arc. Marvell Waithe also finished in double figures with 10 points for Arkansas, which was also without guard Rickey Scott and forward Michael Sanchez in addition to Powell.
Razorbacks coach John Pelphrey said Scott suffered a stress reaction in his foot and would likely miss 4-6 weeks, while Sanchez is still recovering from a preseason stress fracture in his foot. Also, forward Glenn Bryant sprained his right ankle in the first half and didn’t return.
Despite the lack of frontcourt depth for Arkansas, North Carolina A&T only outrebounded the Razorbacks 48-44.