Outside of Jonathon Modica and Kendrick Davis, Arkansas could muster little offense as EA Sports took a 76-71 victory to conclude the exhibition schedule for the Razorbacks.
Modica hit 7 of 14 shots en route to a team-high 18 points and Davis added 14 off the bench, but the Hogs waited too late to find their offense against the veterans from EA Sports.
Arkansas used its transition game fueled by turnovers to take an early 12-point lead, but EA Sports caught fire behind the long-range shooting of former Wake Forest star Robert O'Kelley to take a 37-34 lead at intermission.
The Hogs took a 39-37 lead early in the second half on Modica's trey, but EA Sports quickly reclaimed the lead and pushed its advantage to 15 points midway through the second half. The Hogs were still down by 11 with 1:54 before rallying behind fullcourt pressure.
Arkansas was within 75-67 with 1:22 left on Ronnie Brewer's two free throws, but didn't score again untill 27.9 seconds were left when Modica canned two free throws. A steal by Wenbos Mukubu with 21 seconds left set up a layup by Davis with 14 seconds left to make it 75-71.
O'Kelley, 6-4 guard, led all scorers with 19 points, 16 in the first half. Guard Shaun Fountain added 12. Neither O'Kelley or Fountain started for EA Sports.
Arkansas shot only 36.5 percent from the field, including just 25 percent from 3-point range. The Hogs led in rebounds, 43-38, and forced 21 turnovers while committing just 17. However, EA Sports canned 50 percent from the field and made 8 of 24 threes fofr 33 percent.
Arkansas coach Stan Heath pointed to a lack of defensive intensity as the culprit and also wanted more passion in other areas, too.
"Losing this game is not the end of the world," Heath said. "It doesn't count and we saw three good guards out there that have great ball skills and tremendous range. We won't see that from many teams this year.
"But there are some issues that need to be addressed. Out scouting report on O'Kelley was clear. You can't let him get an open look. He can really stroke it. He hit a couple and we still weren't on him. That's something that can't happen. Yes, he got some in transition, but you have to know where he is and help.
"We have a nice team, a team that likes each other. We don't compete against each other like I want to see in practice. That's where it starts. We have to get after each other in practice and have to play with more intensity in games and the only way to do that is to do it practice. We gave up 50 percent (shooting) on defense. That can't continue. We have to address that. And it didn't change from the first exhibition to the second. I do respect EA Sports. They had Kansas down by eight late in the game and lost by just 4, but I'm not happy with what I saw tonight."
Rashard Sullivan looks for an opening.
Ronnie Brewer prepares to drive.
Jonathon Modica led the Hogs in scoring against EA Sports.
Ronnie Brewer gathers in a pass on a fast break.
Photos by Tom Ewart
EA Sports 76, Arkansas 71 (Final)
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