COMO, Italy – Arkansas held Orange1 Bassano to nine points in the third quarter and took a 75-54 decision Thursday night.
He scored the third game of the foreign tour and the first of two in Como before returning to Fayetteville on Tuesday. The last game of the tour is scheduled for Monday (August 15) against the Bakken Bears, a top professional team from Denmark.
Arkansas opened the game with a 16-0 run in the third period to turn an 11-point (46-35) lead with 7:44 left in the quarter into a 27-point (62-35) cushion with 2:18 left in the quarter.
The lead proved significant as Orange1 Bassano outscored the Razorbacks 15-10 in the final period.
Despite a long day of travel from Barcelona to Milan to Como, Arkansas got off to a quick start as Anthony Black dumped a 3-pointer to start the game, followed by a Nick Smith Jr., jumper and black dunk for a 7-0 lead, one the Razorbacks never give up.
Smith led Arkansas with 20 points while Black, Ricky Council IV and Travon Brazile each added nine points. For the second straight game, Kamani Johnson led the Hogs in rebounds with eight and Brazile grabbed seven. Davonte Davis led Arkansas with five assists.
Arkansas forced 26 turnovers through 14 interceptions (four by Smith and three each by Davis, Barry Dunning Jr. and Black) and rebounded Bassano 43-30.
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