Arkansas used a deep bench to defeat Longwood 112-63 on Sunday in Fayetteville in front of 5,835 fans.
Arkansas guard B.J. Young scored 23 points with five assists and no turnovers in his season opener on Sunday.
The game was a first-round game of the Las Vegas Invitational. Arkansas Coach Mike Anderson used all 14 available players with B.J. Young getting the most minutes with 20. Young had 23 points, five assists and no turnovers in his first game of the season. Young was suspended for the second exhibition game and the opening game of the regular season.
“It felt good to be out there with the team contributing anyway I can,” Young said. “It hurt sitting out. I'm back now. Today, I just let the game come to me.”
Anderson was pleased with his entire team's effort on Sunday. The Razorbacks outrebounded the Lancers 48-32 and had six players in double figures scoring.
“I thought it was a good team effort,” Anderson said. “We paid attention to some little details we didn't do in first game. We brought a lot of energy to the game. We created some turnovers. The wear and tear of pressure really built up on Longwood.”
Anderson was happy to have Young back on the court after a close win in the season opener without him.
“I thought he had an efficient game,” Anderson said. “He was hungry to play. We're a totally different team when he's out there.”
Longwood Coach Mike Gillian was impressed with Young and the entire Arkansas team.
“There was no doubt that Young would play well today,” Gillian said. “He controls the game and impressed me.”
Longwood's Michael Kessens had a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds and Gillian was pleased with how he contributed.
“He's a good, young player,” Kessens said. “He's gaining experience. He will continue to do that and do it better.”
Marshawn Powell was the only starter other than Young to get into double figures with 16 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals. It was the bench that impressed Anderson the most on Sunday.
“I was very encouraged to see no dropoff in the game when the starters were on the bench,” Anderson said. “Our bench is going to be the strength of our team.”
Coty Clarke only had four points, but led the Razorbacks with 10 rebounds. Anthlon Bell had 16 points and three rebounds, Rickey Scott added 12 points and six assists, Jacorey Williams had 11 points and three rebounds while Michael Qualls added 10 points and four rebounds.
Arkansas led 14-10 with 12:49 remaining in the first half. The Razorbacks then went on a 12-0 run to take a 26-10 lead with 9:50 left in the opening period. Arkansas then cruised to a 55-34 lead at intermission and outscored Longwood 57-29 in the second half.
The Razorbacks will play in the second round of the Las Vegas Invitational on Tuesday night at Bud Walton when they host Florida A&M at 7.
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