Arkansas opens exhibition season with win over Central Missouri

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (Univ. of Ark.) – The Razorback men’s basketball team defeated Central Missouri 87-60 on Friday night in its first exhibition game of the season inside Bud Walton Arena.

Arkansas improves to 11-0 under head coach Mike Anderson in exhibition games. Anderson remains undefeated as a head coach in exhibitions, making him 29-0. The Razorbacks used their depth as seven players recorded eight or more points, including three who reached double figures. All 12 Razorbacks who saw action recorded points as Arkansas outscored Central Missouri 58-20 inside the arc, including 50-16 in the paint.

Senior Dusty Hannahs led all scorers with 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Senior Manuale Watkins was one rebound shy of a double-double, finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds to go along with three assists.

Arkansas outrebounded Central Missouri 41-26, including 11-7 on the offensive end. The Razorbacks took advantage of the offensive rebounds by outscoring the Mules 18-4 on second chance points. Six of Jaylen Barford’s 10 points came off three of his own offensive rebounds.

After a first half of runs by both squads, the Razorbacks manufactured a 15-5 run in the final 4:24 to take a 41-31 lead into the locker room.

Arkansas went on a 11-0 run, largely in part to six fast break points, to give the Razorbacks a 53-36 lead in the opening minutes of the second half, after the Mules opened the period with a three-pointer. The Razorbacks used a 16-4 run later in the half to extend a lead that turned into a 27-point victory.

WHAT COACH ANDERSON HAD TO SAY

“The first half we had a lot of nervous energy and you could see that. The second half we had a lot more energy. The guys coming off the bench came in and got engaged in our defense and I think that is the story of the game, which was our defense.” – head coach Mike Anderson

“When your guards rebound, it really pushes your face break into effect. We were getting a lot of layups in the second half because our guards were digging in there contesting shots and pushing the ball down the floor.” – head coach Mike Anderson

UP NEXT

Arkansas will play its final exhibition game on Friday, Nov. 4 against Emporia State with a 7 p.m. tip-off in Bud Walton Arena, before opening regular season play on Friday, Nov. 11 against Fort Wayne.

TICKETS

Season tickets, mini plans and single-game tickets for the 2016-17 season are available now at the Razorback Ticket Center by calling at 1-800-982-HOGS (4647) and online by clicking here.

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