Arkansas falls in Maui consolation final

MAUI, Hawaii — The University of Arkansas men’s basketball team fell to Gonzaga in its final game in Maui on Wednesday, 91-81.

A 50-point second half wasn’t enough for the Arkansas as it dropped the consolation final of the EA Sports Maui Invitational on Wednesday afternoon.

The No. 11-ranked Bulldogs built a seven-point halftime lead en route to the 10-point win over the Razorbacks.

Arkansas (4-2) finished the tournament at 1-2, while Gonzaga (6-1) rebounded from its first loss of the season to Dayton in the first round to finish in fifth place.

Freshman Bobby Portis led the way for the Razorbacks, scoring in double figures for the second game in a row, finishing with a career-high 18 points and seven rebounds. Alandise Harris (17) and Michael Qualls (13) struck double figures again as well, with Qualls hitting this mark for the sixth straight game. He was only in double figures five times his entire freshman season.

Anthlon Bell hit two three pointers, his fifth game this season with multiple threes.

Freshman Moses Kingsley had a breakout game, his first of the season making a significant impact. Kingsley finished with 9 points and 7 rebounds on 4-5 from the field.

Despite out rebounding the Bulldogs, the Razorbacks were unable to overcome the strong three point shooting of Kevin Pangos, who had a career-high 34 points. Pangis cinnected on 7-of-8 three-point shots, including four during a three minute stretch of the second half to give the Zags an 18-point lead.

Sam Dower Jr. added 19 points and Gary Bell Jr. had 13 for the Bulldogs.

Gonzaga led by 13 at 38-25 late in the first half. Arkansas responded with a 6-0 run to finish out the half.

Early in the second half, Portis hit a jump shot to pull Arkansas within five points, but the Hogs would get no closer.

Arkansas’ next game is Tuesday at home against Southeastern Louisiana. The game is scheduled to tip at 7 p.m. at Bud Walton Arena.