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Razorbacks beat Fordham by 26

FAYETTEVILLE — Tenth-ranked Arkansas capitalized on one of its best defensive stretches and performances under fourth-year coach Eric Musselman to go 2-0 at Bud Walton Arena on Friday.

The Razorbacks forced Fordham to 30 turnovers, including 20 in the first half, to defeat the Rams 74-48. Arkansas converted the Rams’ miscues to 15 points and kept them at 37.8% shooting (17 of 45).

Fordham committed 10 turnovers in their 88-74 season opener against Dartmouth on Monday.

The Razorbacks went behind early after two jump shots from Rams guard Antrell Charlton. His second result gave Fordham a 7-2 lead, but it was essentially all Arkansas from there.

Five Razorbacks contributed to an 11-0 run that gave Arkansas a 13-7 lead. Meanwhile, the Rams missed 9 consecutive shots and made 8 turnovers during a span of 8 minutes and 15 seconds between points.

Arkansas capitalized on a 12-0 run later in the half to increase their lead to 30-11. It was again determined by his defense as the Razorbacks kept Fordham scoreless for 4:21.

Ricky Council added five points during the run, including a three-pointer in the left corner. Makhi Mitchell capped it off with a layup.

The Rams ended the first half on a 10-2 run, and the Razorbacks led 32-21 at halftime.

Fordham scored on 10 of 38 possessions in the first half and turned the ball over on 52.6% of his possession.

To open the second half, former Georgia Tech forward Khalid Moore made a layup and a free throw to cut Arkansas’ lead to 32-24.

The Razorbacks responded with two quick 6-0 runs to extend their lead to 46-29 by 14:20. Trevon Brazile had four points in the first sprint and Council added a breakaway dunk.

Freshman Jordan Walsh, making his first start, dropped a floater from the left short corner to make it a 17-point game and force a Fordham timeout.

Council, the Wichita State transfer, led Arkansas offense for the second straight season with 15 points and a career-high seven assists. He scored 22 points in his Razorbacks debut on Monday against North Dakota State.

Walsh added 12 points, Anthony Black finished with 10 and Brazile recorded 8 points and 8 rebounds.

Fordham guard Darius Quisenberry, a central point in the Razorbacks’ defensive game, who scored 20 points against Dartmouth, finished the tournament with a team-high 10 points against the Razorbacks. He was 2 of 8 shooting and 1 of 4 from three-point range.

Only one other Fordham player hit double digits.

Arkansas returns to play South Dakota State on Wednesday. The game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. on SEC Network-Plus.

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