Brazile, No. 11 Arkansas break away from San Jose St 99-58

Dec 3, 2022, 1:46 AM | Updated: 5:10 pm
Arkansas forward Trevon Brazile (2) drives past San Jose State center Ibrahima Diallo (left) to sco...

Arkansas forward Trevon Brazile (2) drives past San Jose State center Ibrahima Diallo (left) to score during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)

(AP Photo/Michael Woods)

              San Jose State guard Omari Moore (10) shoots over an Arkansas defender during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
            
              Arkansas guard Ricky Council IV (1) knockes the ball away from San Jose State forward Tibet Görener (31) as he drives to the hoop during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
            
              Arkansas guard Ricky Council IV (1) dunks the ball over San Jose State defenders Trey Anderson (15) and Sage Tolbert III (12) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
            
              Arkansas defenders Ricky Council IV (1) and Trevon Brazile (2) go up to block the shot of San Jose State forward Robert Vaihola (22) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
            
              Arkansas forward Trevon Brazile (2) drives past San Jose State center Ibrahima Diallo (left) to score during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Trevon Brazile scored 23 points and No. 11 Arkansas pulled away in the second half to beat San Jose State 99-58 Saturday.

The Razorbacks (7-1) led 40-35 at the break before erupting. It was the first men’s basketball matchup between the schools.

Ricky Council IV had 17 points for Arkansas. Heralded freshman guard Nick Smith, Jr. contributed 16 points and five assists in his first career start in only his second game as a collegian.

The Hogs had their best shooting performance of the season, making 37 of 59 shots (62.7%), including 8 of 13 (61.5%)on 3s.

“I think we’re getting better offensively,” Razorbacks coach Eric Musselman said. “I really do. When you have as many freshmen as we do, you should be continuing to improve.”

Arkansas held SJSU to 34.6% shooting in the second half, including 18.2% from 3, while forcing 11 turnovers in the final 20 minutes.

The Razorbacks dominated in bench points (44-4), points in the paint (52-30) and fast-break points (23-2).

Omari Moore scored 21 points for SJSU (6-3).

DAVIS RETURNS

Arkansas junior guard Davonte “Devo” Davis, who started in each of the first six games before taking a leave of absence and missing the Troy game on Monday, returned to the team on Wednesday and played off the bench against SJSU on Saturday.

BIG PICTURE

Arkansas has now won twice against Mountain West Conference opponents in its last three games, including a 78-74 overtime win over then-No. 17 San Diego State on Nov. 23 in the third-place game of the Maui Invitational in Hawaii. For the first time in eight games this season, the Razorbacks were at full strength on Saturday with all 13 scholarship players available to compete.

San Jose State, despite the loss, is only two wins away from matching its victory total from a season ago when the Spartans finished 8-23.

UP NEXT

San Jose State: Hosts Cal State Bakersfield on Tuesday.

Arkansas: Hosts North Carolina Greensboro on Tuesday at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville.

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