PISTOIA, Italy – Arkansas' competition here took a major step up, but the end result was the same.
The Razorbacks forced 22 turnovers to offset their foes' 14 3-pointers while downing Lithuania's BC Atletas Kanaus 95-84 Monday night at the Palazzetto Sandra Pertini Arena.
B.J. Young led the way with 16 points and 5 steals while Rickey Scott added 14 points, Michael Qualls 12 and Coty Clarke 10 points, a game-high 8 rebounds and 4 assists.
"It was much better competition and I thought it was great for our guys and face a team that had them down in the first quarter," Razorback head coach Mike Anderson said. "I thought our depth was very effective in this game. Guys just came in off the bench and continued to play well."
Atletas Kanaus had beaten Georgia and Purdue in this past week, lost 82-68 to Tennessee and gotten hammered by VCU while committing 39 turnovers.
"It was a better team that we played today and I thought we had better defense," Young said. "We can still improve on our defense. It was pretty hot in this gym and it helps condition our team. This is helping our team chemistry and if we just keep working together and get stops, it will help us later in the season."
Arkansas shot 66 percent from the field in a 129-89 win over Selezione Amici del Campetto on Sunday.
It came back against better defense on Monday to make just over 50 percent from the field (38-of-75), 4-of-9 from 3-point range and 13-of-19 from 3-point range.
It was Arkansas' second straight game in an arena that had no air conditioning, but Anderson loves that.
"Hey, I did it when I was at Tulsa," Anderson said. "We played every day in a hot gym. I guess it can have an effect two ways. But it toughens up our conditioning. We are used to having air conditioning and all the luxuries so I think from that standpoint this trip is going to benefit us."
Mardracus Wade added 9 points, freshman Anthlon Bell 8, Hunter Mickelson and Marshawn Powell both had 6 points and 6 rebounds, Ky Madden 5 points and 4 assists, Darion Spivey 4 points and Dee Wagner 3.
Powell is recovering from injury, but has played solid minutes in the first two games.
"I think he is progressing," Anderson said. "I think with him it is mental more than anything. His timing is kind of off, not only with his conditioning, but what he can't do yet. His presence is big for our basketball team so just having him out there is big…I am playing him, but I am limiting his minutes because I think it is important to have him ready for October and going into the season."
Qualls night included several high-flying dunks.
"He doesn't try to go get the game, he lets it come to him," Anderson said. "There are some guys who try to do everything. He just does what he does. He is very athletic and he uses that on defense to block shots, contest shots, rebound and one of his greatest qualities is that he can really run. He also had a good set of hands because he was a post player for the most part and now he is getting a chance to really fly on the perimeter."
Qualls said he is just doing what he was recruited to do by Anderson.
"I just try to come out and play my hardest, try to impress the coach and the team," Qualls said. "We are just trying to get better…A lot of people are looking down on us and I am just trying to come every day and compete.
"I like to be aggressive and Coach knows that I like to go hard every time," Qualls said. "If I have just got to go down and try to dunk every time, I am going to do what I have to do."
Arkansas will play the same foe Tuesday at 12:30 CST in a different arena before taking a break and not playing again until Friday in Rome.
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