CANCUN, Mexico -- In Labor Day weekend exhibition games,
Belize Teane hung on to defeat Arkansas 73-69 Saturday morning, but
the Razorbacks easily won their evening contest against La Salle
Arkansas fell behind by 10 points early but fought back to tie
the Belize game several times.
The team was hampered by a poor shooting effort -- 38 percent
from the field, 27 of 71, and 45 percent at the free-throw line --
and players slipping on a slick floor in an un-air conditioned gym.
Still, the Razorbacks grabbed 24 offensive rebounds, had 17 assists
and nine turnovers.
"We had a bad start and they made a little run at the beginning
of the fourth quarter, but we finished strong," coach Stan Heath
said. "We played hard. We rebounded well, we had more assists than
turnovers and we made a lot of extra passes."
Arkansas trailed 23-13 early and 42-38 at the half.
With three minutes to play, the Razorbacks trailed 66-55
following a three by Lester Hood.
Billy Pharis hit consecutive threes to get Arkansas within 70-66
with 30 seconds remaining, and Eric Ferguson's three cut the gap to
But Belize Teane's Greg Foster hit his first free throw and got
the rebound of his second shot. He was fouled and made another free
throw to end the scoring.
Pharis led the Razorbacks with 14 points and had 10 rebounds in
the first game. Freshman Olu Famutimi had 11 points, and sophomore
Jonathon Modica had 10.
Arkansas played La Salle, a Mexican university, rather than
Cahuameros de Quintana Roo, later Saturday, and won 108-56.
In that game, the Razorbacks were 40 of 80 from the floor and 19
of 24 at the free-throw line. Kendrick Davis had 21 points, and
Charles Tatum added 15, all threes. Vincent Hunter had 13 points
and 13 rebounds.
Ronnie Brewer had 10 points, five rebounds and three assists.
Arkansas is playing in small gyms using FIBA rules. The
different rules include a trapezoid lane, a longer 3-point line and
a shorter shot clock.