FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas forward Michael Sanchez had never made a 3-pointer in his career. He had only attempted two of them, with the last coming in the 2009-10 season.

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas forward Michael Sanchez had never made a 3-pointer in his career. He had only attempted two of them, with the last coming in the 2009-10 season.

So guard Mardracus Wade, half joking, told the senior before the game if he had a good look he should load up and let one fly Wednesday night. That’s exactly what happened.

“I was happy for him,” Wade said. “He made it. It was kind of funny at the same time.”

Arkansas’ long-range shooting — beginning with the first 3-pointer of Sanchez’s career — played a big role in its 97-64 win against Mississippi Valley State on Wednesday night.

The Razorbacks (5-1) knocked down a season-high 11 3-pointers in front of an announced crowd of 6,700 in Bud Walton Arena, leaning on strong perimeter shooting and a disruptive defense to hand the Delta Devils (1-6) their most lopsided loss of the season.

Wade led the Razorbacks with a career-high 20 points, which included 4-for-6 shooting from long range. Guard Julysses Nobles added 16, going 3-for-5. Six different Razorbacks combined to make 11 of 22 on 3-pointers.

Arkansas made eight of its 3-pointers during a first half in which the Hogs shrugged off any notion of looking past the Delta Devils toward Saturday’s game at No. 8 Connecticut.

Sanchez’s surprising shot gave the Razorbacks a 7-0 lead. Nobles made two straight a little later, then Mardracus Wade knocked down his first to give the Razorbacks an 18-3 edge.

Arkansas did have to survive a spurt from Mississippi Valley State. The senior-oriented team put together a 12-0 run to cut Arkansas’ advantage to 20-17.