FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The No. 19 Arkansas basketball team concluded its exhibition schedule Tuesday with a 96-56 triumph over the Campbellsville Tigers at Bud Walton Arena in front of 8,476 fans. Sophomore Patrick Beverley scored 20 points in the game to lead a group of five Razorbacks in double figures.
Darian Townes and Gary Ervin finished the night with 18 and 13 points, respectively. Senior forward Sonny Weems struggled from the field on 4-of-15 shooting, but added 12 points and tied for the team-high honors with six rebounds. Michael Washington chipped in 11 points, all in the first half.
Arkansas shared the ball well against the Tigers as nine players registered at least one assist. Ervin and Weems led the team with six each. The Razorbacks had 25 assists on 35 field goals and 10-of-13 Hogs scored.
After falling behind following a three-pointer by the Tigers’ Marcus Nicks, the Razorbacks scored 12 unanswered points, capped by a Beverley jumper.
Arkansas’ scoring run stretched to 30-3 before Campbellsville’s next field goal. The Hogs led 30-6 after Clint Graham’s jumper in the paint ended the field-goal drought for the Tigers. The basket came nearly 10 minutes after Nicks’ three-point basket to start the game.
The Razorbacks used full-court pressure to force 19 turnovers by Campbellsville in the first half. UA turned those turnovers into 25 points over the first 20 minutes. The Razorbacks ended the night with 19 steals and forced 29 turnovers for the second straight game.
A dunk by Michael Washington started a 7-0 run late in the half for the Razorbacks that stretched their lead to 27 points. At the break, Arkansas led 50-24.
Campbellsville took advantage of some early second-half turnovers from Arkansas and cut the lead that once stood at 28 points down to 17 points, 54-37. Nicks hit two three-point baskets during the Tigers’ run.
A three-pointer by Levan Patsatsia, who also tied for team-high rebounding honors with six, pushed the lead back over 20 points and helped trigger a 13-0 run that saw the Razorbacks’ lead stretch to 69-37.
The second half saw Arkansas connect on five of its nine three-point attempts. The team finished the night with a 42.9 percent clip from behind the arc on 9-of-21.
The size of the Razorbacks continued to cause problems for Campbellsville throughout the game. Arkansas outscored CU 46-15 in the paint and out-rebounded the smaller Tigers, 45-25. The advantage on the boards led to 20 second-chance points for Arkansas and none for Campbellsville.
Two more three-pointers by Beverley made the score 75-40. The Tigers got no closer than 29 after a pair of free throws by Nestor Colmenares and the score stood at 77-48.
The Razorbacks scored the last six points of the game to end the night with the final 40-point advantage.
Bench scoring was a key for the Hogs as they outscored Campbellsville, 39-11. Townes and Washington came off the bench for Arkansas to score in double digits with Townes going 8-of-9 and Washington 5-of-8.
Nicks led the Tigers with 23 points and was the only Campbellsville player to reach double figures. The junior guard was 7-of-11 from the field, but committed seven turnovers in the game.
Arkansas shot 52.2 percent from the field while holding the Tigers to a 30.8 percentage.
The Hogs best West Florida, 117-43, in their exhibition opener on Friday.
The Razorbacks begin the regular season Friday with the home-opener against Wofford. The game tips off at 7:05 p.m. CT.
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