FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Saben Lee tallied a team-high 17 points, and Maxwell Evans tied a career high with 16 points, but it was not enough as Arkansas upended the Commodores, 75-55, Wednesday night at Bud Walton Arena.
Jimmy Whitt Jr. scored a career-high 30 points to lead Arkansas.
Whitt, a graduate transfer from SMU, scored 17 points in the first half to help the Razorbacks to a 34-28 lead at halftime.
Saben Lee led Vanderbilt with 17 points, all in the second half, and Maxwell Evans added 16, all in the first half.
Arkansas (14-2, 3-1) used an 8-0 run early in the second half to distance itself. Before the run, the Razorbacks led 37-33, but Isaiah Joe knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers and Whitt threw down a dunk to extend Arkansas’ lead to 45-33 with 15:04 left.
Joe and Mason Jones, Arkansas’ leading scorers this season, did not score in the first half, but Joe found his stroke in the second half and finished with 12 points, all on 3-pointers. Desi Sills scored 13 and Reggie Chaney added 12 for the Razorbacks.
The Commodores return to action on Saturday when Vanderbilt takes on Tennessee at Memorial Gym. Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m.