FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas closed out the year with a bang, rolling past Louisiana-Monroe to record the most wins ever by January with an 85-43 victory on Friday.
Arkansas is 12-1, the most victories ever through December. The Razorbacks won 11 before January in 1995 and 1991, and 10 in 1992. The double-digit win total is also the first for the Hogs since the 1999 club was 10-2 through December.
Against the Indians, Jonathon Modica made half as many shots (eight) as the entire ULM squad (16). Modica, Olu Famutimi and Ronnie Brewer combined to go 21-of-30 from the floor while Louisiana-Monroe (6-5) was 16-of-46, 34.8 percent.
As a team, the Razorbacks shot 56.9 percent (33-58), the sixth game this year of 50 percent or better. UA shot 67.6 percent (23-34) in the first half with 31 of those points resulting in layups and dunks off 18 ULM turnovers.
Arkansas scored the first eight points of the game, led 28-12 at the 10-minute mark, 40-18 15 minutes into the game and 56-23 at the half.
The Indians had as many turnovers in the first half (18) as shot attempts, and only made eight shots. Meanwhile, Modica was six-of-six in the first period and Famutimi five-of-five.
The closest ULM got in the second half was 29 twice, 56-27 and 66-37.
The Razorbacks forced 30 turnovers for the game, the most in the Stan Heath era and the most for the Hogs since Dec. 22, 2001, when UA forced 30 against Oklahoma State. UA scored 38 points off those turnovers.
Modica finished eight-of-nine shooting for a game and season-high 20 points. He also had four assists, three rebounds and two steals. Famutimi was seven-of-10 shooting for a season-high matching 17 points. Brewer was six-of-11 from the floor, and finished with 18 points, four rebounds, three assists and seven steals. The seven steals tie for the third-most in school history and are the most in a game since Clint McDaniel had eight against Florida A&M in 1995.
UA had 24 assists and 13 turnovers, a 32-30 rebounding advantage, 14 steals and seven blocked shots, and was seven-of-12 on three-pointers, 58.3 percent. The 24 assists are the most for the Hogs since Dec. 30, 2000, when UA had 30 in a 121-66 win over Grambling State.
Cecil Hood made six-of-nine shots and led ULM with 16 points, and DeAndre Alexander was six-of-11 for 14 points. The rest of the team combined to go four-of-26, 15.4 percent.
The Razorbacks open Southeastern Conference play Wednesday with a non-televised home game against Ole Miss at 7:05 p.m.