Kingsley leads Arkansas in rout of UT-Martin

KURT VOIGT (AP Sports Writer)
The Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Freshman Moses Kingsley posted career highs of 12 points and 12 rebounds as Arkansas returned from a week layoff with a convincing 102-56 win over Tennessee-Martin on Thursday night.

The margin of victory matched the largest of the season for the Razorbacks (8-2), who have now won 21 straight home games.

Freshman Bobby Portis and senior Coty Clarke added 15 points each for Arkansas, which shot 60.9 percent (42 of 69) and had five players score in double figures. Portis, a McDonald's All-American in high school, has now scored in double figures in six straight games.

Terence Smith led the Skyhawks (5-9), who had their three-game winning streak snapped, with 19 points. Tennessee-Martin was just 19 of 69 (27.5 percent) from the field.

The loss was the worst of the season for Tennessee-Martin, topping a 30-point loss to UNLV on Nov. 30.

The game was Arkansas' first in seven days, after taking the week off for finals. The Razorbacks certainly didn't look like they had been away from the court early, nor did they resemble the team that struggled to a 27-25 halftime lead last week against Savannah State.

Led by Kingsley's big first half off the bench, Arkansas opened the game on a 12-2 run and never looked back - leading by as many as 27 points in the first half.

The 6-foot-10 center, whose previous career-best was a nine-point effort against Gonzaga on Nov. 27, put the Razorbacks up 82-42 in the second half with a dunk. The basket put him in double figures, and it was one of several highlight-worthy dunks on the night for Arkansas.

Michael Qualls and Ky Madden also finished in double figures with 11 each for the Razorbacks, who padded their Southeastern Conference-best average of 86.8 points per game. They have now won 41 games in a row at home against unranked non-conference opponents.

It was the second time Arkansas has topped the 100-point mark this season. It's best scoring output came in a 111-65 win over Southern Illinois-Edwardsville on Dec. 3 - a 46-point win that Arkansas matched on Thursday.

Arkansas led comfortably 49-25 at halftime, bolstered by shooting 60 percent (21 of 35) in the half and the emergence of Kingsley - the freshman center who entered the game averaging just 4.6 points in 9.3 minutes per game.

Kingsley nearly equaled his previous career-high of nine points in the first half, finishing with eight on 4-of-5 shooting in just 9 minutes. He did equal his career-best of seven rebounds in the half, including one on the offensive end that led to a 3-pointer by Fred Gulley and a 17-9 lead for the Razorbacks.

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