Mike Anderson with a strong message gets squad on fire.
Courtesy: University of Arkansas Communications
Spanish: Carlos Chicas
Photos: Crant Osborne
Isaiah Joe scored a game-high 18 points, making 5-of-8 from 3-point range, while Reggie Chaney recorded a double-double to lead Arkansas to a 96-47 exhibition victory over Tusculum Friday night at Bud Walton Arena.
Despite the large margin of victory, Arkansas got off to a slow start in the first half. Tusculum jumped out to an 8-0 lead to start the game and Arkansas did not score until the 15:51 mark. However, Gabe Osabuohien came off the bench to spark an 7-0 run that ballooned into an 18-4 run.
Tusculum was able to keep close and only trailed by six at the break as Arkansas only had five assists with 13 turnovers while shooting just 18.2 percent from 3-point range and making just 8-of-20 free throws.
The second half saw the “FASTEST40” kick-in as the Razorbacks opened with a 14-0 start as part of a 23-4 run to put the game out of the reach. In the period, Arkansas only committed seven turnovers, dished out 18 assists and shot 47.8 percent (11-of-23) from long-range. The Razorback defense only allowed 23 second-half point while holding the Pioneers to just seven assists while forcing 29 turnovers for the game.
All told, five Razorbacks scored in double figures including Joe (18), Daniel Gafford (13), Jalen Harris (13), Keyshawn Embery-Simpson (13) and Chaney (13). Chaney added 10 rebounds while Osabuohien had eight and Gafford nine.
Arkansas will play the second of its two exhibition games next Friday (Nov. 2) versus Southwest Baptist. Tip-off at Bud Walton Arena is set for 7 pm.