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December 13, 2013

Arkansas routs Savannah St.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Ky Madden scored a career-high 21 points and Bobby Portis added 10 points and 11 rebounds as Arkansas struggled early before pulling away from Savannah State for a 72-43 win on Thursday night.

The Razorbacks (7-2) played the first half without leading scorer Michael Qualls and led just 27-25 at halftime.

Madden, whose previous career-best was a 15-point effort against Grambling State in 2011, followed up a 14-point effort in a win over Clemson with an 8-of-11 shooting performance to help Arkansas extend its home winning streak to 20 games.

Portis’ rebounds were a career high for the freshman, and the Razorbacks outscored the Tigers (2-9) 45-18 in the second half.

Alante Fenner and Deven Williams led Savannah State, which has lost seven straight games, with 10 points each.

Madden, who was suspended for Arkansas’ two preseason games and for the season opener because of a violation of team rules, has now scored in double figures in five of his last six games.

The junior hit 4 of 5 3-pointers in the Razorbacks’ last game, a win over Clemson, and he connected on 3 of 4 from behind the arc on Thursday night.

Arkansas forced 19 turnovers.

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