Modica and Famutimi Reach Double Figures As Ho
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Sophomore Jonathon Modica scored 19 points while freshman Olu Famutimi contributed 10 points off the bench to lead the Arkansas Razorbacks to a 64-46 win over the Grambling State Tigers at Bud Walton Arena on Tuesday night.
Modica hit his only shot in the first half, before exploding in the second half for 16 points in leading the Hogs to victory. The Smackover, Ark., native hit five-of-seven shots from the field and was perfect on eight free throw attempts.
Famutimi scored eight of his 10 points in the second half while pulling down three rebounds. Fellow freshman Ronnie Brewer led the way for the Razorbacks on the glass posting a team-high nine rebounds. Brewer also dished out four assists.
Arkansas shot 46 percent (23-50) from the field while holding Grambling State to 28.6 percent (16-56) from the perimeter. The Tigers out rebounded the Hogs 34-33.
Grambling State opened the game with three consecutive turnovers before denting the scoreboard with a pair of free throws. By that time, Arkansas had raced out to an 8-2 lead. The Tigers added another free throw, but did not score a basket until 10:44 left in the first half. Arkansas parlayed its 21-3 run to open the game into a double-digit lead for most of the first half. Grambling State went on a 7-2 run in the last four and half minutes to cut the UA halftime lead to nine points (27-18).
The Hogs wasted little time building back their lead in the second half. In the first six minutes of the second stanza, Arkansas mounted a 15-7 run that was accentuated by a dunk by Eric Ferguson. Modica then made sure the Tigers would not be roaring back by pouring in 12 points over the next eight minutes including seven coming from the charity stripe. His lay-up with 5:58 to play made the score 61-33. The Razorbacks cruised the rest of the way and netted an 18-point victory.
Arkansas upped its record against Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) teams to 30-0. The Razorbacks are now 2-0 on the season and will play Jacksonville University at Alltel Arena in North Little Rock, Ark., on Saturday. Game time is set for 1:05 p.m. and the game will be televised by Fox Sports South and Fox Sports Southwest.
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