Arkansas walk away to 99-86 win at Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain – Arkansas lost early before beating the Catalan top flight 29-19 in the second quarter en route to a 99-86 victory Thursday in Game 2 of the Razorbacks’ foreign tour.
Arkansas was led by Kamani Johnson’s double-double (10 points and 12 rebounds) while Nick Smith Jr. and Davonte Davis each scored a game-high 17 points. In total, seven Razorbacks scored in double figures including Trevon Brazile (14 pts), Ricky Council IV (13 pts), Jordan Walsh (12 pts) and Barry Dunning Jr. (10 pts). Council and Walsh grabbed seven rebounds each.
The Razorbacks were subject to turnover early and down an eight (12-4) to start the first quarter. Arkansas rallied and was down four points (24-20) late in the first period.
A Council hat-trick and consecutive buckets from Brazile tied the game at 27 to start the second quarter. The teams basically traded baskets until Dunning converted a quick layup – on a Council steal – to give Arkansas their first lead (30-28) with 7:30 to go. Two and a half minutes later and the score tied at 34, Smith’s hat-trick gave the Hogs a lead they would not relinquish. As Catalan Elite immediately tied the game at 37, Walsh and Dunning totaled 10 points in a 10-0 run, including two dunks from Walsh and one from Dunning, and Arkansas never looked back. .
Arkansas used a 7-0 run early and took the first of two 16-point leads in the third quarter. In the closing seconds of the third quarter, Walsh got a steal, advanced the ball to Dunning, and Smith delivered the layup as the buzzer sounded to end the period with a 70-58 cushion.
The Razorbacks took a game-best 17-point lead (88-71) with 4:21 left in the game and held a double-digit advantage for the remainder of the game.
Arkansas outshot Catalan Elite, 41-22, but committed 23 turnovers with 21 assists. On the other side, Arkansas forced 20 turnovers with 13 interceptions.
Arkansas will play the third of four games on the trip Sunday, August 13 at 7:30 p.m./12:30 p.m. (CT) against Orange 1 Basket Bassano in Como, Italy. The fourth game is also scheduled for Tuesday in Como.
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