FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas coach Mike Anderson was confident his team’s struggles at Tennessee were merely a bump in the road.

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas coach Mike Anderson was confident his team’s struggles at Tennessee were merely a bump in the road.


If so, the Razorbacks have a pretty large pothole to fix after Saturday’s effort.


Ole Miss continued its dominance against Arkansas with a 96-82 win in front of an announced crowd of 18,352 in Bud Walton Arena. The Rebels (11-6, 2-2 in SEC) overwhelmed the 19th-ranked Razorbacks (13-4, 2-2 in SEC) with an eye-opening shooting display in the first half and were in control the entire game, falling two points shy of equaling the opponent scoring record in Bud Walton Arena.


The Razorbacks’ second straight loss will knock them out of the top 25 for the second time this season. It also has Arkansas searching for answers as it falls into the middle of the pack in the SEC after two weeks of conference play.


"It’s adversity," Arkansas guard Michael Qualls said. "Everyone wants to hammer down and say, ‘All right enough is enough and get a stop.’ But the stop never came. The run never came. … Everybody on our team feels like we could have done more."


Ole Miss got an impressive effort from its nine-man rotation, which was led by guards Stefan Moody (18 points) and Jarvis Summers (17). Every Rebel scored at least six points Saturday, producing in front of another hostile crowd.


The Rebels gave Kentucky a scare in the SEC opener, pushing the Wildcats to overtime in Rupp Arena. They beat Arkansas with relative ease.


Ole Miss got off to a quick start with four buckets in the paint, then rarely missed in the first half. The Rebels got their share of easy layups and dunks, but also banked in jumpers, knocked down 3-pointers and had an answer for every Arkansas spurt.


The biggest response came when Arkansas settled in and cut the Rebels’ early 15-point lead to 27-20 by scoring eight straight. The Razorbacks nearly forced a shot clock violation on the next possession, but Ole Miss guard Martavious Newby banked in a 3-pointer as time expired. It pushed Ole Miss’ lead back to 10.


Ole Miss shot 74.1 percent (20-for-27) to build a 52-40 halftime lead.


"We made a bunch of shots, didn’t we?" Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said. "We need one of those. We’ve had a couple people do that to us. That’s the first time we’ve done that in quite some time. I thought we were really aggressive early."


Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said his team had no answer defensively.


"They made some tough shots," Anderson said. "It wasn’t like we weren’t guarding them, but I think we could have guarded them a little bit better. It seemed like they were never on their heels. They were always in attack mode."


The offensive success wasn’t the only thing Ole Miss did well Saturday.


The Rebels had no trouble breaking Arkansas’ press, committing just three turnovers in the half and 11 in the game. They kept the Razorbacks out of transition, too, holding Arkansas without a fast break point Saturday.


Qualls (22 points) and Arkansas forward Bobby Portis (23 points, 10 rebounds) did everything they could to keep the Razorbacks in the game in the first half. The duo combined to score 32 of Arkansas’ 40 points, but the 12-point deficit was Arkansas’ second largest at the break. Iowa State led by 20 during its 95-77 win on Dec. 4.


"I thought that was a big period with a like a minute to go," Anderson said. "We were down eight with an opportunity to get a stop, and I think they scored four or five more points. Now you’ve got a mountain to climb coming back out."


Anderson said it’s normally not a problem for his team, but it didn’t get much better in the second half.


Arkansas managed to close to within nine points in the opening minutes when Portis’ putback made it 63-54. He had a chance to cut it to seven after an Ole Miss turnover, but missed two free throws and the Rebels scored five straight.


The Razorbacks never got any closer than nine points.


Portis, Qualls, Ky Madden and Anthlon Bell combined to score 77 of Arkansas’ 82 points Saturday. The foursome went 20-for-40 from the field, while the rest of the team finished 2-for-13. Ole Miss outscored Arkansas 33-15 in bench points.


"Normally our bench plays well," Anderson said. "Our bench didn’t give us the lift they normally give us. I think Bell came off and gave us some good minutes, but we needed a lot more (Saturday)."


The win helped Ole Miss improve to 11-4 against Arkansas under coach Andy Kennedy, who also owns a 5-3 record in Fayetteville. The Rebels also snapped Arkansas’ 16-game home win streak, which dated back to last season.


"We just didn’t bring it," Qualls said. "It’s just one of those days. We’re just going to come back and start a new trend. We can’t do nothing about it right now. We just weren’t physical enough. It seemed like we were just a half step behind."