Barcelona, Spain – Arkansas was down early before beating the Catalan elite 29-19 in the second quarter en route to a 99-86 win in game two of the Razorbacks’ Foreign Tour.
Arkansas was led by Kamani Johnson’s double-double (10 points and 12 rebounds) while Nick Smith Jr. and Vomte Davis had 17 points each. A total of seven Razorbacks had double-digit scores, including Trevon Brazile (14 points), Ricky Council IV (13 points), Jordan Walsh (12 points), and Barry Dunning Jr. (10 points). Council and Walsh each grabbed seven rebounds.
The Razorbacks were turnover-prone early on, losing eight (12-4) early in the first quarter. Arkansas rebounded and was four (24-20) behind at the end of the first period.
A council triple and back-to-back bucket from Brazile tied the game at 27 to start the second quarter. The teams essentially traded hoops until Dunning converted a fastbreak layup – after a council steal – to give Arkansas its first lead (30-28) with 7:30 left. Two and a half minutes later and with the score up to 34, Smith’s three-pointer gave the Hogs a lead they didn’t want to give up. While the Catalan elite leveled the game instantly with 37 points, Walsh and Dunning made all 10 points in a 10-0 run, including two dunks from Walsh and one from Dunning, and Arkansas have never looked back.
Arkansas capitalized on an early 7-0 run and took the first of two 16-point leads in the third quarter. In the final seconds of the third quarter, Walsh pulled off a steal, carried the ball to Dunning and Smith delivered the layup when the buzzer sounded to end the period with a 70-58 pad.
The Razorbacks snapped their best 17-point lead (88-71) at 4-21 of the game and held on to a double-digit lead the rest of the way.
Arkansas passed Catalan Elite 41-22 but made 23 turnovers with 21 assists. At the other end, Arkansas forced 20 turnovers thanks to 13 steals.
Arkansas will play the third of four games against Orange 1 Basket Bassano in Como, Italy on Sunday (August 13) at 7:30pm / 12:30pm CT. Game four is also scheduled for Tuesday in Como.
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