FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Team Ezybonds proved to be an easy win for Arkansas as the Razorbacks bounced back from a loss in their first exhibition game to rout the Australian team, 107-48, in Bud Walton Arena Friday.
Arkansas played solid in each half both offensively and defensively as the Hogs responded to Tuesday’s 87-84 loss to EA Sports with a complete team effort in their second exhibition contest. In Tuesday’s game, UA squandered a 19-point second half lead.
UA led 49-22 at the half Friday before outscoring Team Ezybonds 58-26 in the second half.
The Razorbacks shot 58.8 percent in the first period (20 of 34), 63.2 percent in the second half (24 of 38) and 61.1 percent for the game. At the other end of the floor, Arkansas held the Australians to 22.6 percent shooting in the first half (seven of 31), 25.8 percent in the second half (eight of 31) and 24.2 percent for the game.
UA forced 27 turnovers and the Hogs’ steal total (14) was just one short of matching Team Ezybonds number of shots made (15).
After shooting 35 three-pointers Tuesday, and making nine, Arkansas was five of 17 on Friday. The Hogs went inside more and got more free throws, making 14 of 23 after making five in just six attempts Tuesday.
Charles Tatum led a balanced attack by scoring 21 points on eight of 12 shooting, including three of six three-pointers. Dionisio Gomez was seven of seven from the field for 16 points while Alonzo Lane was five of seven for 14 points. Brandon Dean added 12 points on five of nine shooting. Freshman Berry Jordan had six points and a game-high 10 rebounds and UA’s other true freshman, J.J. Sullinger, had six points and eight boards.
“We want to attack the basket because we have the quickness,” head coach Nolan Richardson said. “We want Alonzo Lane to score around the basket and Gomez has improved. Chuck (Tatum) is our best shooter, day in and day out, but we want to attack the basket (on offense) and use our defense to attack the basket.”
Forwards Gomez, Lane, Jordan and Larry Satchell were a combined 16 of 23 from the floor for 41 points and 23 rebounds.
Arkansas opens the regular season at home on Monday at 7 p.m. in a first-round preseason NIT game against Maine. If Arkansas wins Monday, the Razorbacks play host to the Wake Forest/North Carolina-Wilmington winner on Friday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m.