The Razorbacks, ranked No. 15 in the Associated Press preseason top 25, shot 57 percent in the first half, but led just 45-42 at the break. The Hogs were even hotter in the second half, hitting 26-of-42 shots (62 percent) to pull away.
“In the first half, I wasn’t very pleased with our execution,” head coach Nolan Richardson said. “But it’s difficult when you have 11 or 12 kids you want to play, and we played everybody in the first half, so I can understand. We played Brandon Dean and Brandon Davis more in the second half. They picked up our aggressiveness and got things going.”
Joe Johnson, a preseason All-American, Dean and Alonzo Lane combined for 15 points in a 17-2 run to open the second half. Johnson had seven of his 11 points during the stretch while Dean and Lane scored four each as Arkansas built a 62-44 lead with 15:57 to play.
The All-Stars, who had earlier wins at Arizona State, Utah and Oral Roberts, closed within 70-57 on a three-pointer by DeAnthony Langston. Carl Baker answered with a jumper and Blake Eddins made four free throws following a pair of technical fouls to put the Razorbacks in front 76-57 with 10:07 remaining. The All-Stars, 4-3, never got any closer.
Dean hit eight-of-11 shots and led Arkansas with 18 points. Davis, T.J. Cleveland and Teddy Gipson scored 12 each and Larry Satchell added 10 points and a game-high eight rebounds.
Derrick Higgins led the All-Stars with 18, followed by Eric Martin with 16 and Langston with 15.
Arkansas plays its final exhibition game on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 3 p.m. against the London Leopards. UA’s season-opener is Nov. 17 against Tennessee State at home at 8:15 in the first round of the John Thompson Challenge Classic.