Hogs Roll in Johnson’s Debut
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Freshman Joe Johnson scored 16 points in his collegiate debut and freshman Carl Baker posted his first career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead Arkansas to a 102-59 win over Alcorn State at Bud Walton Arena on Tuesday night.
The Razorbacks (7-4) hit the Braves (5-6) with a 14-3 run from the opening tip to take control of a game that the visitor’s would never lead. Arkansas forced a season-high 36 Alcorn State turnovers which led to 50 Razorback points.
“We have been working on our matchup traps in practice,” Arkansas head coach Nolan Richardson said. “We did an excellent job of forcing some turnovers. When you add a guy like Johnson and put in a guy like Gomez that can play some defense it makes a big difference. We had three 6-9 guys on the floor. That type of defense works better with those types of players.”
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