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March 19, 2014

Sycamores eliminated from NIT by Razorbacks

VIDEO: Jake Odum, Greg Lansing, Dawon Cummings

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas averages 80.2 points per game so it stands to reason the Razorbacks had scorers to worry about.

Rashad Madden, Bobby Portis and Michael Qualls all average double figures for the Hogs. Coty Clarke isn’t far behind.

Meanwhile, sophomore guard Anthlon Bell dwells in sixth-place on the Arkansas scoring list. On Tuesday, however, he came out of the shadows, much to the chagrin of Indiana State.

Bell scored 28 points — 18 in the first half — and the Sycamores couldn’t compensate, especially once the Hogs’ usual scorers got untracked in the second half. Arkansas ended ISU’s men’s basketball season with a 91-71 victory in the National Invitation Tournament.

The loss by the Sycamores means Jake Odum’s storied career has come to an end. He scored 11 in his final game. Manny Arop led ISU with 12 points. Arop, Dawon Cummings and Lucas Eitel also played their final games at ISU.

Bell — who made just four starts this season — had just seven games in double figures this season, but notably, three of them were in Arkansas’ last six games, including 23 against Mississippi on March 5. He scored the first 10 points for the Razorbacks and never stopped rolling.

"With a shooter like that, we probably should've tried to get him out of his rhythm earlier. You get a shooter going like that, no matter how hard you defend, and he's going to make it tough on you," Cummings said.

Bell was 11 of 13 from the field and 6 of 8 from 3-point range, but was 7 of 9 overall and 4 of 6 from 3-point range in the first half. Many of his shots were on open looks as ISU played off of him early.

"We probably gave him too much room, but we knew he was a tough shooter. Tough shooters make tough shots sometimes and he was locked in from the get-go," Odum said.

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