Notae scores 28, No. 13 Arkansas tops Penn to stay unbeaten

Nov 28, 2021, 1:10 AM | Updated: 3:29 pm
Arkansas guard JD Notae (1) shoots over Pennsylvania guard Jonah Charles (2) during the first half ...

Arkansas guard JD Notae (1) shoots over Pennsylvania guard Jonah Charles (2) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)

(AP Photo/Michael Woods)

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — JD Notae scored 28 points and No. 13 Arkansas handled Pennsylvania 76-60 on Sunday.

Stanley Umude had 19 points and Au’Diese Toney scored 12 for the Razorbacks (6-0). They combined with Notae to score 32 of the team’s 37 points in the first half as Arkansas built an 11-point lead.

“(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.”

Clark Slajchert led Penn (3-6) with 25 points and Lucas Monroe had 14. Max Martz had 13 rebounds but was held to four points on 2-of-10 shooting.

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.

THE TAKEAWAY

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.”

UP NEXT

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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