The University of Arkansas basketball team hosts its final exhibition game of the preseason on Monday night, Nov. 5, when it welcomes LeMoyne-Owen to Bud Walton Arena for a 7 p.m. tip. For the second straight game, all University of Arkansas students will be admitted free of charge to the arena.
Arkansas won its first exhibition game of the season on Friday when it downed Southwest Baptist, 106-78. Five Razorbacks scored in double figures despite the fact that no individual played more than 19 minutes. Freshman Anthlon Bell
was especially active, scoring 17 points in 14 minutes to lead the Razorback offense. Bell went 6-of-8 from the floor and 3-of-3 from three-point range. Of the 14 players that made an appearance for Arkansas, 12 scored points and 11 grabbed at least one rebound.
Perhaps even more impressive than Arkansas’ 106 points was the fact that nine Razorbacks combined to go 24-of-26 from the free throw line. In fact, eight of the nine were perfect from the charity stripe. As a team, Arkansas hit better than 50 percent of its shots from the floor including 61.8 percent in the second half. “The Fastest 40 Minutes in Basketball” forced 26 turnovers and turned it into 31 points and scored 19 points on the fast break.
LeMoyne-Owen is playing in its preseason opener on Monday. The Magicians return four players from last season’s team including senior guard Brandon Hopson who is the leading returning scorer at 9.1 points per game. In 2012, LeMoyne-Owen averaged 68.0 points per game and its solid defense held opponents to just 66.7.
The meeting between Arkansas and LeMoyne-Owen is the third in the last four years during the exhibition schedule. Arkansas has eclipsed the 100-point plateau in each of the previous two meetings and held the Magicians in the 60’s each game.
Season tickets for Razorback basketball games as well as mini-plans are on sale at the Razorback Ticket Center by calling 1-800-982-HOGS or by going on-line at ArkansasRazorbacks.com. Ticket packages are $450 and include admission to every game at Bud Walton Arena as well as both exhibition contests.
The Arkansas-Southwest Baptist game will be broadcast on the radio across the Razorback Sports Network from IMG College with Chuck Barrett and Rick Schaeffer giving the call.
Following the contest with LeMoyne-Owen, Arkansas remains at Bud Walton Arena to begin the regular season on Friday, Nov. 9, against Sam Houston State at 7 p.m.