Arkansas 83, Western Illinois 54
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP)—Ronnie Brewer scored 23 points to lead the Arkansas Razorbacks to an 83-54 win over the Western Illinois Leathernecks on Sunday.
The victory was the ninth straight for Arkansas (11-2) before it heads into Southeastern Conference play this month. Coach Stan Heath also picked up his 50th win with the Razorbacks.
Recovered from the flu, Brewer scored 11 points in the first 3:43 of the second half, as the Razorbacks started with a 16-2 run.
Darian Townes scored seven points during an 11-0 Arkansas first-half run as the Razorbacks pulled away for good. The scoring streak put the Razorbacks up 25-12 just past the midway point of the first half.
The Leathernecks went more than five minutes without scoring in the stretch. Western Illinois (4-7) was never closer than 11 points again.
Arkansas scored 39 points off the Leathernecks’ 24 turnovers. Townes was 7 of 8 from the field, scoring 19 points, a season best. Townes also added a game-high 11 rebounds, and Dontell Jefferson had eight assists.
NaVonta Kentle led Western Illinois with 11 points.
Because of his illness, Brewer had a career-low scoring performance in a win over Texas-Pan American on Friday. He was the Southeastern Conference’s leading scorer before scoring just two points in the game.
Heath’s record at Arkansas is now better than .500 (50-49) for the first time since early in 2002-03, his first season.