Razorbacks Steal One From ULM, 99-59
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas set a school and Bud Walton Arena record with 26 steals in rolling past Louisiana-Monroe Saturday, 99-59.
The Razorbacks forced 20 turnovers in the first half and 36 for the game, and scored 43 points off those Indian mistakes.
For the second straight game, six players scored in double figures, led by Alonzo Lane’s 16 points on seven-of-eight shooting.
Charles Tatum had a career-high 14 points, Brandon Dean added 13, Joe Johnson 11 and Dionisio Gomez a career-high matching 10.
Jannero Pargo was the star with 12 points, nine assists and seven steals. The seven steals are two short of the school record and one short of the arena mark. Tatum added four steals and Johnson three.
“The steals record is nice and I’m glad we did that, but it’s not about stealing the ball,” head coach Nolan Richardson said. “It’s about wear and tear. Hopefully that catches up with the other team in the last eight or nine minutes of the game because we rotate a lot of players in and out. That’s my philosophy. When you have guys coming at you from all angles and diving on the floor, I enjoy that more than anything. That means they took their practice to the game.”
ULM (1-2) led 13-10 seven minutes into the game, but Tatum had five points, and Dean and Gomez four each in a 19-0 run which gave the Hogs a 29-13 lead.
The lead was 22 at the half, 48-26, and never less than 19 in the second half.
Kevin Paige had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Indians while 7-2 center Wojciech Myrda had seven points, 10 rebounds and six blocked shots.
Arkansas, ranked No. 24 by the Associated Press and No. 18 by ESPN/USA Today, plays host to Centenary Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m.
— HOGS —
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