Heath's freshmen shine during Red-White game
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas basketball coach Stan Heath says that what didn't see on Saturday -- turnovers -- was the best part of the annual Red-White intrasquad scrimmage.
The White team, comprised of four freshmen and three seniors, won going away 107-72 against five sophomores and one junior on the Red team.
But the best number in Heath's mind was the White team's eight turnovers, with freshman guard Olu Famutimi had six of those.
"Last year, we had 15, 16, 17 or 18 turnovers a game, so both teams did pretty well, but especially the White team," Heath said. "We still have some shortcomings defensively, as well as in free throw shooting, but we cut down on our turnovers. We have a much more skilled team. The main question we have is who is going to score inside."
Lanky Vincent Hunter answered that somewhat, scoring 23 points on 10-of-11 shooting and grabbing 12 rebounds, while Ronnie Brewer added 21 points and 14 assists for the White team.
"Ronnie takes a lot of pressure off the other guys," Heath said. "We can run a lot better than last year. He makes plays you don't necessarily see at first as a casual observer. That's why we wanted him here.
"Vince played well. He looked very comfortable. He got the ball deep and finished."
The Red team committed 15 turnovers and the two teams combined to make just 7 of 20 free throws.
The freshmen may have led the way, but they had some help from the upperclassmen.
Jamar Blackmon made 6 of 9 shots and had 17 points, four assists with no turnovers. Billy Pharis had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Charles Tatum made 3 of 4 3-pointers and finished with 12 points.
Famutimi, who is coming off knee surgery, scored 10 points and had six rebounds.
Jonathan Modica, who played for the Red team and last season's top scorer, led everyone with 25 points. Wen Mukubu and Rashard Sullivan each grabbed nine rebounds for the Red team.
The Red team hit 50 percent of its shots from the field during the first half, but that dropped to 40 percent in the second half. Meanwhile, the White squad made 52.6 of its field goal attempts in the first half, and raised its shooting percentage to 67.6 after intermission.
Arkansas plays host to Sports Tours at 2 p.m. Saturday in the first of two exhibition games. The Razorbacks open the season against Nicholls State on Nov. 21 at Bud Walton Arena.
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