FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Good shooting, including a school-record tying percentage on three-pointers, strong rebounding and tough defense added up to a 102-50 victory for Arkansas over Prairie View A&M Saturday.
Arkansas didn’t top the 50 percent mark in shooting, but with 12 Razorbacks taking shots and 11 scoring, 48 percent (36-75) was more than effective against the 0-7 Panthers. UA, which is 8-1 and off to its best start since 1998, dominated the boards with a 59-30 rebounding advantage, recorded 23 assists for the second straight time, held PVAMU to 28.8 percent shooting (19-66) and blocked 13 shots.
The 13 rejections – six by Darian Townes and five by Steven Hill – are the fifth-most in school history. The 59 rebounds are the most for Arkansas since the Hogs set a school record with 77 in Stan Heath’s first game as head coach against Jackson State on Nov. 22, 2002.
“I am very pleased with our performance,” Heath said. “We were focused. We had some good blocked shots and good shooting. We owned the boards and had a lot of good individual performances. I am pleased that we could improve on some areas that we needed to.”
Townes had another strong performance. After hitting 10-of-13 shots and scoring a game-high 20 points in Thursday’s 96-68 win over Tennessee State, he followed with a seven-of-11 shooting effort for 16 points Saturday. He also added seven rebounds and the six rejections.
Ronnie Brewer was six-of-10 shooting, and had 16 points and three assists. Olu Famutimi was four-of-four, finishing with nine points and seven rebounds. Hill was five-of-11 shooting but had season highs of 10 points and six rebounds to go with his five blocked shots. Eric Ferguson was three-of-four for eight points with three assists. Jonathon Modica had 10 points, a season-high eight rebounds and four assists.
The Razorbacks were eight-of-12 on treys, 66.7 percent, and made 22-of-27 free throws, 81.5 percent. The three-point percentage matches the school record set against Western Carolina in 1999 (14-21) while the free-throw percentage is a season high.
“Eighty-one percent free-throw shooting is terrific,” Heath said. “Overall, we shot with confidence. It showed our team’s focus.”
A three-pointer by Oscar Thompson put Prairie View within 4-3 early, but Arkansas scored 18 of the next 20 points, nine by Brewer, and UA led 22-5 with 12:18 left in the first half. A layup by Jefferson extended the margin to 49-22 before the Hogs settled for a 49-26 halftime advantage.
The Panthers scored six of the first eight points in the second half to get within 51-32, but Ferguson hit consecutive threes to extend the lead to 25 and Prairie View never got any closer.
Phillip Scott and Anthony Oha led the Panthers with 10 points each.
Charles Thomas had 12 points for Arkansas, and Jefferson and Michael Jones scored eight each. Marcus Monk, playing in his second game since joining the team after football season, had two points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals.
UA plays host to Lipscomb on Monday at 7:05 p.m. in a non-televised game.