FAYETTEVILLE — Five Razorback men’s basketball players scored point totals in double figures on Saturday afternoon at Bud Walton Arena, as the Hogs crossed the century mark in the final seconds of their exhibition victory over LeMoyne-Owen, 101-60.
The Razorbacks jumped out to a big first half lead early and never looked back as they held the Magicians to only 37 percent from the field and forcing 33 turnovers. The Hog offense was also on display early.
“We still have a lot of work to do,” said Arkansas head coach John Pelphrey. “I thought there were some good plays made out there by our guys. I like our guys effort today. As a team, they play well together, but there are still some things to work on.”
The Razorbacks opened the contest firing on all cylinders after getting an opening tip dunk by junior Michael Sanchez and then a quick three-pointer by senior Marcus Britt to score the first five points of the game in only the first 40 seconds. Arkansas quickly showed they were the team in control early after going on a 14-2 run in the first three and a half minutes. Even though they were on a quick scoring pace, it was was the defensive play of the Razorbacks that ruled the first half as six players recorded steals off the Magicians, four of which forced multiple turnovers.
The stars of the first half came in the form Britt and freshman Rickey Scott, who combined for 20 of Arkansas’ 51 first half points. Britt had the hot hand from behind the arc, shooting two-for-three, while Scott was the unexpected force inside the paint, shooting three-for-six from the field with two rebounds.
Preseason All-SEC pick, sophomore Marshawn Powell also saw his first game-action of the season in the first half. Coming back from a broken foot, Powell finished the game with seven points and four rebounds.
The second half saw much of the same action from the first half. Good defense along with the up-tempo offense saw the Hogs continue to build their lead over the Magicians. At one point, late in the second half the Arkansas lead was up to 42 points.
For the game, the Razorbacks shot 73 percent from the field and an even 40 percent from behind the three point line. Rickey Scott led all scorers with 16 points and all rebounders with 10. Joining him in the double-figure point total were Britt with 14, Glenn Bryant with 12, Delvon Johnson with 11 and Marvell Waithe with 10 of his own.
The Razorbacks continue their exhibition season next week when they take on Victory University on November 11th at Bud Walton Arena. Tip-off for that game is scheduled for 7 p.m.