FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas closed the first half with a 23-2 scoring run and wrapped up its sixth win in seven games by holding Louisiana Tech to 35.5 percent shooting in the second half to get a 68-56 victory Wednesday in Bud Walton Arena.
Jonathon Modica led the team in scoring for the seventh time in seven games with 22 points and Ronnie Brewer made six of 12 shots for 14 points.
“It really was a good win for us,” head coach Stan Heath said. “We looked a little slow and fatigued in the beginning, but we had some guys come off the bench and do some great things for us. Overall, I think we looked good at the free throw line and shooting three pointers, but there are still some areas that we could improve on. I was pleased with the fact that we had the lead, kept the lead and when they had a good run we responded well.”
Arkansas shot 50 percent in the first half, but trailed 23-20 after Wayne Powell made a jumper at the 6:06 mark.
The Razorbacks, who are 6-1 to equal their best start since also beginning the 2001 season 6-1, scored 16 straight with seven points from Modica. Powell ended the run with another jumper, but Modica came back with a three, Brewer made a layup and Modica was fouled at midcourt after making a steal and canned two free throws for a 43-25 lead with 0.7 seconds left in the period.
Arkansas built the lead to 56-37 on a Billy Pharis three with 7:09 to play, but the Bulldogs scored seven straight to get within 56-44 with 4:34 remaining. Brewer made two free throws and two dunks around a Modica layup to put the Hogs back in control at 64-45 with 2:38 to go.
Freshman Olu Famutimi made four of eight shots, and had nine points and a team-high seven rebounds. Pharis added seven points and Charles Tatum had six points on two threes, three assists and two steals with no turnovers in 25 minutes off the bench.
“Charles Tatum did a great job and kept up the momentum for the team,” Heath said. “He forced mistakes and created turnovers. We needed that and it was good to see it from him.”
Donell Allick led LTU (3-3) with 15 points and Powell finished with 10.
The Razorbacks play host to Oklahoma State Saturday at 4:05 p.m. in a game televised by ARSN.