Modica Joins 1,000-Point Club

FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas junior forward Jonathon Modica entered Wednesday's 62-47 win against Georgia needing nine points to reach the 1,000-point plateau for his career.

With 13:24 remaining in regulation, Modica surpassed the mark when he hammered home an alley-oop pass from Ronnie Brewer for a two-handed dunk that gave Arkansas a 38-31 lead.

He becomes the 27th Razorbacks player in history to accomplish the feat.

"If you're going to reach 1,000 points, it's great to do it on an alley-oop dunk," Modica said.

Modica, who started for the second game in a row, got off to a hot start by scoring six of the Hogs' first 12 points and finishing with eight in the first half.

A tip-in off a Darian Townes miss and a reverse layup on a nice pass from Eric  Ferguson got Modica going early. He then banked in a pair of short jumpers to complete his first-half scoring.

" I was aware of what I needed to (reach 1,000), but I didn't think about it in the game," Modica said.

After missing his first shot of the second half, it did enter his mind for a split second as he sat on 999 points for his career.

"It was hard not to and I thought for a second I should just try to get to the free throw line," Modica said. "But I did everything I could to stay focused on the task at hand and that was doing whatever we had to do to win this game."

The rest of the Razorbacks couldn't be happier for Modica.

"I'm proud of him and I congratulated him," said center Darian Townes. "That is quite an accomplishment and says a lot about his contribution to the program."

If the Hogs had lost, the achievement would have been soured for Modica.

"I wouldn't feel good about it at all if we had lost," Modica said. "It would not have been special to me at all, but we won, so it is."

Dunk You Very Much
Eric Ferguson's tossed a perfect alley-oop pass to Brewer for a 180-degree, reverse dunk that gave Arkansas a 14-12 lead with more than nine minutes to play in the first half.

"That's the dunk of the year!" shouted Georgia radio commentator Jeff Dantzler.

As Brewer elevated, he said he didn't intend to make it a reverse dunk.

"I didn't know Ferguson was going to throw it," Brewer said. "I was running and he happened to throw it a little late, so I just turned a little late and ended up reversing it."

New Trend?
The Razorbacks may have introduced a new pregame trend prior to Wednesday's tip.

Shoulder-to-shoulder in a circular huddle, players rocked back and forth in unison as they were introduced one-by-one by public address announcer John George.

"Coach Heath told me to think about it and relay it to the guys," Modica said. "So that's what I did and everybody thought it would be pretty cool."

Stuck On You
Play stopped with 15:34 remaining in the opening half when Kevin Brophy's 3-point shot attempt from the left wing got lodged between the backboard and rim.

The alternating possession arrow gave the ball to the Razorbacks.

Are You Experienced?
Gerogia first-year coach Dennis Felton was impressed by the crowd of 16, 234 in his first appearance in Bud Walton Arena.

"I loved it," Felton said. "It was a terrific atmosphere and a beautiful facilities. And then the fans, you could see why Arkansas has such an excellent tradition.

Like Father?
Georgia freshman guard Channing Toney is the son of former Philadelphia 76ers guard Andrew Toney.

Channing Toney, who has started led the Bulldogs in scoring the past two games, was recruited by Arkansas, but never offered a scholarship.

In Wednesday's game, Toney had a game-high 21 points and showed some similarities to dad with his smooth jumper.

"You get tired of hearing comparisons like that, but it also makes you really appreciate of what your dad did as a basketball player," Toney said.

Two Lithonians
Arkansas junior Dontell Jefferson and Georgia freshman Corey Gibbs are both from Lithonia, Ga. Jefferson prepped at Stone Mountain while Gibbs went to Redan High.

Wednesday's game marked the sixth straight in Southeastern Conference play that the Hogs limited an opponent to less than 70 points, the longest ever for the Razorbacks.

The win also snapped a three-game losing skid against Georgia. The Hogs now lead the all-time series 12-7.

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