FAYETTEVILLE – Texas Southern entered its game against Arkansas ranked No. 311 in the nation in turnovers, averaging 17.4 per game.

FAYETTEVILLE – Texas Southern entered its game against Arkansas ranked No. 311 in the nation in turnovers, averaging 17.4 per game.

The Tigers didn’t help their average Friday night, turning the ball over 17 times before halftime and finishing with 25 against the Razorbacks’ pressure defense.

The Hogs (10-3) scored 30 points off the turnovers and cruised to a 77-49 win in Bud Walton Arena, their fifth consecutive victory in a year-ending December homestand.

“I thought we took us out of it,” Texas Southern coach Tony Harvey said. “Arkansas did what they do. They put pressure on the basketball. They’re going to turn you … We were prepared for all those things. We just did a poor job taking care of the basketball.”

Even when Texas Southern (1-11) didn’t turn the ball over it struggled to score, shooting just 32 percent from the field and struggling against Arkansas’ tight defense. The Razorbacks have held all five opponents to less than 38 percent shooting in the current homestand.

“We just wanted to come out and play our style.” Arkansas sophomore guard Mardracus Wade said. “That was getting up and full-court pressing, turning those guys over and making them uncomfortable.”

Wade led the Hogs with 18 points and outscored the Tigers by himself for the majority of the first half. He hit 4 of 7 from 3-point range, his eighth consecutive game with multiple 3 pointers.

“It’s important that we have someone that can knock shots down,” Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said. “He puts the time in. I thought we did a good job in transition early on finding him and he helped our offense.”

As a result of the performance, Wade is shooting nearly 50 percent – 31 of 63 – from 3-point range this season, one year after shooting 21 percent as a freshman.

“The biggest difference is my confidence level and just practicing,” Wade said. “I stayed here the whole summer, both semesters, didn’t go home. That was a big thing.”

Wade’s teammates struggled at times on offense, though. The Hogs shot 41 percent from the field and committed 18 turnovers of their own while trying to figure out Texas Southern’s zone defense.

“Some of it was unforced,” Anderson said. “I don’t like sloppiness. We’re supposed to be a team that takes care of the basketball … We’ve got to clean it up.”

The teams’ 43 combined turnovers were the most in an Arkansas game this season.

“Coach (Anderson) talked about that and he talked about us playing to the level of our competition,” Wade said. “We can’t play to their level. We went out there and just tried to coast with them instead of playing our game.

“When we try to play other people’s games stuff like that happens. Turnovers. Unforced turnovers at that.”

The outcome wasn’t in doubt after the opening minutes. The Razorbacks jumped out to a 14-2 lead and their defense kept them comfortably ahead despite struggling at times in their halfcourt offense.

Texas Southern didn’t get into double figures scoring until freshman guard Madarious Gibbs’ jumper with 6:06 left in the first half. By that point the Hogs had built a 16-point lead, a margin that would swell and result in a 39-19 halftime advantage.

“We’ve got to have that same intensity and energy the whole way,” Wade said.

The Tigers didn’t get closer than 19 points in the second half and Arkansas led by as many as 29.

Razorbacks freshman forward Hunter Mickelson played well for a second consecutive game, scoring 13 points and blocking seven shots, both career-highs.

“He’s getting better day by day,” Wade said. “It’s just a learning process. I think now he’s starting to get a feel around the basket … His court awareness, his IQ is getting really high.”

Mickelson’s big night gave him the most productive two-game stretch of his career, coming just two days after he scored eight points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked four shots in a win against Charlotte.

“He continues to be a presence out on the floor,” Anderson said. “It’s nice when you can have a big guy have an impact on the game without even scoring. It just so happened tonight he was scoring.

“I like his energy and activeness … You’re seeing a young guy that’s starting to emerge a little bit.”

Senior forward Marvell Waithe and Scott scored 10 points each for the Hogs. Waithe added six rebounds and four assists, continuing his strong recent play.

“He’s just playing like a wild animal right now,” Wade said. “We need that … You have someone like ‘Vell coming off the bench and just give us that spark, those few blocked shots, those hustle plays, those really help us out.”

Waithe is averaging 8.7 points the last four games and has been active in other areas, resulting in increased minutes off the bench.

“The effort that he gave (Wednesday) against Charlotte, we need that as a team,” Anderson said. “We get more guys to give us a Marvell Waithe effort, then that bodes well for our basketball team … He brought it again tonight. He brought the energy.”