FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Ky Madden scored a career-high 21 points and Bobby Portis added 10 points and 11 rebounds as Arkansas struggled early before pulling away from Savannah State for a 72-43 win on Thursday night.
The Razorbacks (7-2) played the first half without leading scorer Michael Qualls and led just 27-25 at halftime.
Madden, whose previous career-best was a 15-point effort against Grambling State in 2011, followed up a 14-point effort in a win over Clemson with an 8-of-11 shooting performance to help Arkansas extend its home winning streak to 20 games.
Portis' rebounds were a career high for the freshman, and the Razorbacks outscored the Tigers (2-9) 45-18 in the second half.
Alante Fenner and Deven Williams led Savannah State, which has lost seven straight games, with 10 points each.
Madden, who was suspended for Arkansas' two preseason games and for the season opener because of a violation of team rules, has now scored in double figures in five of his last six games.
The junior hit 4 of 5 3-pointers in the Razorbacks' last game, a win over Clemson, and he connected on 3 of 4 from behind the arc on Thursday night.
Arkansas forced 19 turnovers by Savannah State, and freshman center Moses Kingsley added a career-high five blocks.
The Tigers were just 16 of 51 (31.4 percent) from the field, and they were out-rebounded 48-35 by the Razorbacks.
Arkansas entered the game leading the Southeastern Conference in scoring with an average of 86.8 points per game, but struggled mightily to shake Savannah State in the first half.
With Qualls on the bench, the Razorbacks led 27-25 at halftime - shooting just 35.7 percent (10 of 28) from the field. Without Madden's 6-of-7 shooting in the half, the rest of Arkansas' players were just 4 of 21 from the field.
The Razorbacks' previous low for points in the first half was a 31-point effort in a loss to Gonzaga. The Zags were ranked No. 11 at the time, while Savannah State entered Thursday night on a six-game losing streak.
Even with Qualls back to begin the second half, the Tigers trailed just 31-29 early in the second half after an alley-oop dunk by Hikeem Champaigne.
Arkansas followed with a 17-4 run, capped by an inside basket by Rickey Scott, to go up 48-33 - finally taking control of the game for good.
Qualls, who entered the game averaging 15.8 points per game, finished with seven points in the second half.