FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas lost the rebounding battle for the first time this season but the Razorbacks snapped a four-game losing streak with a 72-60 victory over Louisiana Tech Tuesday at Bud Walton Arena.
Louisiana Tech had a 34-33 rebounding edge, but Arkansas had four freshmen score in double figures and shoot a combined 23 of 42 from the field. UA shot a season-high 43.1 percent from the floor and had its best assist-to-turnover ratio of the season with a season-high tying 13 assists and a season-low 13 turnovers.
The Bulldogs (1-3) were within five at 46-41 with 9:08 remaining. Kendrick Davis nailed an 18-footer, and Eric Ferguson hit a pair of three-pointers around a Dionisio Gomez trey to give the Hogs a 57-46 lead with 6:41 remaining. Davis hit one of his three threes to give Arkansas its largest lead at 61-47 with 4:45 to go.
“It feels good to be in the winning circle again,” head coach Stan Heath said. “I told the guys that we have a better taste in our mouths than we have had the past few games. In practice we corrected some of the mistakes we made the last few games. We took care of the ball better, which created extra opportunities to score.”
Arkansas had out-rebounded four of five opponents entering the game and tied Oral Roberts on the boards in the other game.
The win snapped a four-game losing streak for Arkansas and improved the Razorbacks’ record to 2-4.
Freshman Jonathon Modica led Arkansas with a season-high 19 points on seven of 11 shooting. Davis and Ferguson had 16 each on six of 10 and five of 15 shooting, respectively. Ferguson also added five assists and three steals. Another freshman, Rashard Sullivan, had a season high 10 points on five of six shooting. Sullivan had made just one shot entering the game.
“We had great play from the freshmen,” Heath said. “Modica really stepped up with some threes. I’m really proud of Sullivan. He did a good job of guarding one of the biggest guys we’ve seen all year.”
Antonio Meeking led LTU with 18 points and nine rebounds. Lavelle Felton added 16 points and Darrian Brown 14.
Arkansas is off until Dec. 18 when the Razorbacks play host to Sam Houston State at 7:05 p.m. in a game televised by ARSN.