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Arkansas Takes Rematch with Belize Teane

Arkansas Takes Rematch with Belize Teane
DEL CARMEN, Mexico. — Arkansas traveled 50 miles outside Cancun for a rematch with Belize Teane, and it was well worth the trip as the Razorbacks rolled to an 80-51 victory Sunday night at Del Carmen.

Belize Teane knocked off the Hogs, 73-69, in Cancun Saturday morning in a game where UA fell behind by double digits early and led only briefly. The rematch was never in doubt. The only question was if the game would take place. Belize entered the gym at 6:15 for a 6 p.m. scheduled tip.

Arkansas scored 12 of the first 16 points and Jonathon Modica’s three gave the Razorbacks a 21-8 lead with 1:29 left in the first period. Modica, who hit nine of 13 shots for 22 points, scored six straight points to push the lead to 36-11. Eric Ferguson, who made six of seven shots for 12 points, made a layup following a steal for a 43-16 lead and UA led 44-23 at the break. Modica was just three of 13 shooting and had 10 points while Ferguson was two of eight from the field for six points in the first meeting with Belize.

In the rematch, UA’s pressure defense forced many turnovers and the Hogs’ 20 steals resulted in easy baskets. Arkansas hit 18 of 33 shots, including four of eight threes, in the first half.

“We jumped out to a nice, comfortable lead,” head coach Stan Heath said. “We didn’t play as well in the second half, but that’s what happens when you have a young team. We let down and didn’t play with as much intensity.

“Our sophomores did a nice job,” Heath said. “Our freshmen didn’t play as well tonight, but it was nice to have the sophomores set the pace.”

In the third quarter, Belize cut the margin to 50-34, but a 17-2 run put the game away with seven points coming from Modica and six from Ferguson.

UA led 70-40 entering the fourth quarter, which was cut from a 10-minute period to eight minutes.

Arkansas made 33 of 70 shots (.471), but was just four of 18 on threes (.222) and 10 of 22 at the line (.455). In the first game with Belize, UA shot just 38 percent overall (27-71), 28 percent on threes (8-29) and 45 percent at the line (9-20).

In addition to Modica and Ferguson, fellow sophomore Kendrick Davis had nine points on four of seven shooting. Senior Billy Pharis had 11 points and four rebounds. Vincent Hunter had seven points and six rebounds, Ronnie Brewer had seven points and four assists, and Olu Famutimi had five points and seven boards.

UA closes its trip with a 9 a.m. game against Quintanaroo in Cancun on Monday.

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