The Arkansas men’s basketball team locked in on defense Tuesday evening and used a big second-half run to cruise to a 71-55 victory over North Dakota State in Bud Walton Arena.
Arkansas captured its seventh straight victory, moving to 10-1 on the year to continue its best start under head coach Mike Anderson.
In the first half, the Razorback defense used two scoring droughts of three-plus minute to hold North Dakota State to the lowest point total by an Arkansas opponent in a half this season (21), as the Bison shot 26.7 percent (8-of-30) from the field in the opening period.
The Bison opened the second half on an 8-2 run to tie the game at 29-29, but the Razorback defense would force North Dakota State into another scoring drought. Arkansas used the five minute, 14 second defensive stand to build a 16-0 run, the 12th run of at least 10-0 this season, to take a 45-29 lead. Arkansas was able to eventually extend that lead to 20, marking the fourth game this year the Razorbacks have led by at least 20 points.
Arkansas will take its annual trip to central Arkansas on Thursday, Dec. 22 as the Razorbacks face the Sam Houston State Bearkats at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock at 7 pm.