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Hot-shooting Arkansas downs SE Louisiana 111-65
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Bobby Portis and Michael Qualls scored 16 points each to lead four players in double figures as Arkansas made quick work of Southeastern Louisiana in a 111-65 win.

The Razorbacks (5-2), playing their first game after returning from the Maui Invitational, have now won 18 straight games at home - 38 in a row against unranked non-conference opponents.

Portis, Arkansas' freshman McDonald's All-American, finished with 7-of-9 shooting on Tuesday night. Qualls was 5 of 6 from the floor, and all 14 players scored for the Razorbacks - who finished 38 of 61 (62.3 percent) from the field.

Arkansas topped the 100-point mark for the first time since a 112-63 win over Longwood on Nov. 18, 2012.

Jeffery Ricard led the Lions (3-4) with 14 points, while Dre Evans finished with 10.

Southeastern Louisiana is now 0-3 this season against teams from the Southeastern Conference, having already lost to both Missouri and LSU.

The Lions put up little fight against an Arkansas team eager to build on a solid showing in Hawaii last week, a tournament in which it defeated Minnesota between tough losses to California and No. 19 Gonzaga.

After leading 52-32 at halftime, Arkansas quickly put the game out of reach to open the second half - with Portis and a variety of dunks from Qualls leading the way.

The Razorbacks went on a 35-5 run to open the half, building an 87-37 lead after Jacorey Williams' two-handed dunk. Another Williams' dunk, this one a one-handed version, put Arkansas over the 100-point mark - giving it a 101-44 lead.

Coty Clarke also finished in double figures with 15 points off the bench, while Ky Madden added 10.

The Razorbacks finished 9 of 18 on 3-pointers, and they scored 41 points off 24 Southeastern Louisiana turnovers.

Sparked by Haydar, Arkansas opened the game 8 of 12 from the floor and raced to an early 26-7 lead.

Haydar, making his first career start in his 67th game for the Razorbacks, connected on three of Arkansas' first four shots - all 3-pointers. The senior was 3 of 5 from behind the arc in the first half, during which the Razorbacks were 8 of 13 on 3-pointers.

Arkansas was just 4 of 21 on 3-pointers in its last game, a 91-81 loss to Gonzaga at the Maui Invitational last week. It had no such problem on Tuesday night, taking a 26-7 lead after Clarke's 3-pointer early in the first half - a shot that improved the Razorbacks to 6 of 9 from behind the arc.

Williams' jumper gave Arkansas its largest lead of the first half, putting the Razorbacks up 40-14 and capping a 10-2 run.

The performance was exactly the type of confidence-building game Arkansas coach Mike Anderson had hoped for coming off last week's trip to Hawaii - where the Razorbacks played well but finished 1-2.

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