FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. –-In his first action as an Arkansas Razorback, freshman guard Rotnei Clarke hit his first four shots, all three-pointers, to help his team to a 33-29 victory in the Red-White scrimmage Friday in Bud Walton Arena.
The teams scrimmaged for one half with a running clock and an extra minute in overtime with Clarke’s White team getting four points from sophomore guard Marcus Britt in the extra period to get the victory.
Playing in front of more than 5,000 fans, Clarke finished 5-of-9 shooting, including 4-of-7 on threes, and scored a game-high 15 points. He made all four threes in the first 7:09 of the game with the last giving his club a 17-7 advantage.
Junior guard Stefan Welsh scored five points in an 11-0 run by the Red to give his team an 18-17 lead. From there, neither team led by more than three with Clarke’s free throw putting the White up 25-22 with 38 seconds remaining.
Junior college transfer Montrell McDonald, playing for the Red, scored with 14 seconds left and again with two seconds to go following a free throw by the White’s Michael Washington to send the game to a one-minute extra period.
Washington scored on a breakaway layup with 35 seconds left and Britt hit four straight free throws to give the White a 32-26 advantage with 14 seconds left.
Redshirt freshman forward Andre Clark made a three with eight seconds to go to cut the margin to 32-29, but senior walk-on John Paul Noland’s free throw with four seconds left sealed the win for the White.
Washington finished with 11 points and a game-high eight rebounds for the White team. Britt had four points, four rebounds and a game-high five assists.
McDonald had 10 points, seven rebounds and two assists for the Red. Welsh added eight points and three assists, and Clark seven points, five rebounds and three assists.
The Razorbacks play the first of two exhibition games on Monday, Nov. 3, against Campbellsville University at 7:05 p.m. in Bud Walton Arena.