FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- — JD Notae scored 28 points and No. 13 Arkansas handled Pennsylvania 76-60 on Sunday.
“(Notae) did make an effort tonight to get to the basket. That’s where he’s really lethal,” Arkansas coach Eric Musselman said. “Off-the-bounce game, his attacking of the rim is really the reason we recruited him above all else.”
The Razorbacks started the second half on a 12-1 run that increased their advantage to 22 points. Penn (3-6) pulled within 10 points when Arkansas missed four shots, two free throws and committed three turnovers during a four-minute stretch, but the Quakers made just one field goal in the final 5:15.
Arkansas, playing at home for the first time in 11 days, out-rebounded Penn 44-28, scored 16 second-chance points and outscored the Quakers 13-4 on the fast break.
Penn, like the rest of the Ivy League, is still finding itself after the conference did not play any games last year because of COVID-19.
Arkansas wasn’t always pretty, but showed again it has firepower when needed.
“I’m on edge today about getting better,” Musselman said. “This ball club, it’s a challenge to coach. We’re going to have to continue as a staff to try to get our philosophies ingrained in them.”
Penn: The Quakers will host No. 7 Villanova at the Palestra on Wednesday.
Arkansas: Hosts Central Arkansas from the Southland Conference on Wednesday.
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