Arkansas 107, Portland State 69
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP)—Ronnie Brewer scored a career-high 24 points, and Dontell Jefferson tied an Arkansas record with 15 assists to lead the Razorbacks over Portland State 107-69 Friday night.
Arkansas led 60-29 at halftime en route to its 11th straight win in a season opener. The Razorbacks have not lost a home opener since 1974.
Charles Thomas had a career-high 20 points for Arkansas, and Jonathon Modica added 16. Thomas’ seven rebounds was also a personal best.
The Razorbacks forced 15 turnovers in the first half. Arkansas led 33-10 after runs of 11-0 and 19-0.
Brewer, named Southeastern Conference preseason player of the year by league media, surpassed his previous high of 23 points. He had a trio of crowd-pleasing dunks in the first half—a two-handed reverse on a breakaway, another reverse in traffic off an alley-oop from Jefferson and a one-handed dunk on a breakaway that made it 40-19.
Jefferson tied the school record for assists late in the second half, finding Sean McCurdy for a 3-pointer that made it 103-57. Kareem Reid also had 15 assists for Arkansas against Jackson State in 1996.
Jake Schroeder scored 26 points for Portland State, a career high for him. The Vikings are coming off their first Big Sky Conference regular-season title, but coach Heath Schroyer left to join the staff at Fresno State. Ken Bone replaced him.
Portland State lost six seniors to graduation.
Arkansas scored its most points since coach Stan Heath took over before the 2002-03 season.
The Razorbacks’ next game is Monday night against No. 3 Connecticut in the first round of the Maui Invitational.