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Ricky Council IV helps No. 9 Arkansas blow by South Dakota State

Nov 16, 2022; Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA; South Dakota State Jackrabbits guard Tanner Te Slaa (15) drives against Arkansas Razorbacks guard Jordan Walsh (13) in the first half at Bud Walton Arena. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Ricky Council IV scored 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting to lead No. 9 Arkansas to a 71-56 victory over South Dakota State in nonconference play on Wednesday night at Fayetteville, Ark.

Trevon Brazile registered 13 points and 10 rebounds and Davonte Davis also added 13 points for Arkansas (3-0). Jordan Walsh had 10 points and three steals for the Razorbacks.

Zeke Mayo had nine points and eight rebounds and Luke Appel also had nine points for the Jackrabbits (2-2).

The Razorbacks played without prized recruit Nick Smith Jr. (knee) for the third straight game.

Arkansas shot 45.9 percent from the field, including 7 of 22 from 3-point range. The Razorbacks held a 42-32 advantage on the boards while Anthony Black had four of the club’s 14 steals.

South Dakota State made 32.1 percent of its shots and was 3 of 16 from behind the arc.

The Jackrabbits were unable to keep up with Arkansas after beating St. Bonaventure 66-62 on a neutral court in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Tuesday night before traveling to Fayetteville.

Matt Dentlinger split two free throws to start the second half for South Dakota State before Arkansas ripped off 11 straight points. Council finished the spurt with a dunk to make it 52-30 with 16:54 remaining.

The Razorbacks later went on a 10-0 burst to increase the margin to 27. Davis concluded it with a layup to make it 64-37 with 8:39 remaining.

Council scored 11 first-half points as Arkansas led 41-29 at the break.

Arkansas led by three midway through the first half before rattling off eight straight points. Council drained a 3-pointer and added a dunk to cap the run and make it 24-13 with 7:48 remaining.

South Dakota State later pulled within 31-27 on a dunk by William Kyle III with 2:29 left in the half.

The Razorbacks responded with 10 straight points. Makhi Mitchell converted a three-point play to cap it and made it 41-27 with 35 seconds to go.

–Field Level Media