Qualls' Dunk: More to Come

Qualls' Dunk: More to Come

Mike Anderson says there will be a lot of impact plays this season similar to Michael Quall's thunder dunk against SIU-Edwardsville.
FAYETTEVILLE--Razorback basketball coach Mike Anderson read a lot more into Michael Qualls' highlight reel dunk in the Hogs' season opener than just one play in one game. After watching his guys look far too passive the past two seasons Anderson said he sees evidence that the 2013-14 Razorbacks are more attack minded and less likely to back down when challenged. Qualls' motivation for that dunk appeared to be evidence of that.

"After I got him with a pump fake it was all fair game from there and the first play of the game I think he had blocked my shot so I had it on my mind," Qualls explained.
"It was one of those momentum plays," Anderson said of the slam over Cougar's 6-10 forward Kenton Jackson. "You're going to see that with a bunch of our guys. You saw some breakaways, guys playing the passing lanes, deflecting passes. I thought our defensive pressure was really effective against them."

That pressure, along with Qualls' dunk, was part of a 14-3 first half run against the visitors which trailed by 29 points at the break. Arkansas scored 33 points off turnovers with 42 points in the paint. University of Houston transfer Alandise Harris scored 15 points in his debut as a Razorback after sitting the 2013 season out. He said the Hogs first half run was the result of Anderson's "we Hogs" philosophy for this team.

"We were just focused on playing defense and playing with energy and playing as a team. Sharing the ball," Harris told reporters.


Eleven Razorbacks scored in the game, five of them in double figures with Arkansas' bench scoring almost half of the team's 99 points.
"Our bench comes in and scores 47 points," Anderson noted. "A lot of places that's kind of unheard of but here it can happen like that." 

The game featured more than just steals and dunks. With junior Rashad Madden serving the the last of a three-game suspension Anderson gave the green light to sophomore guard Anthlon Bell who dropped in five of six three point attempts and lead his team in scoring with 19 points.

"Most guys that can shoot the basketball, they can miss three in a row but if they've got the mindset that the next one is going to go down, he's one of those guys that can make the next five," Anderson said of Bell. "But he's not just a jump shooter. He does a good job of distributing the basketball. He draws attention. He knows when to give it up. Then he's got that little one-two dribble pullup. He's pretty deadly on that."

"We know we have a lot of big guys now and there's a lot of people going to focus on that so we know we need somebody that can come down and knock down shots," Bell said of his big shooting night.

If there was a negative in the game it came during a second half where the Hogs cooled off and the visitors began to beat Arkansas' full court pressure. "That's something we've got to learn. You got to learn to play with a lead.  'Cause we're going to be in some games where that's going to take place," Anderson warned.

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