Razorbacks Senior Reaches Another Milestone O

FAYETTEVILLE —  Arkansas senior guard Jonathon Modica is slowing moving up the school's all-time scoring list.

But who's counting?

Modica said he isn't. Not yet.

"I don't think about things like that," Modica said. "I'm fortunate to be in that situation, that elite group but I'm just here to play basketball.

"At the end of the season, that's when you look back on things like that, when it's all done."

On Sunday, Modica scored 16 points to move into 19th place on the all-time scoring list, surpassing Derek Hood.

Hood scored 1,247 points from 1996-99. Modica has 1,253 career points. Todd Day is the school's all-time leading scorer with 2,395 points.

Modica scored 12 first-half points, including eight in the first eight minutes of the game.

He passed Hood with 2 minutes, 8 seconds left in the first half by hitting two free-throw attempts to put Arkansas in front 39-21.

"I just felt good tonight, felt comfortable," Modica said. "The shots were there and I took'em and fortunately they went in."

Modica said Arkansas (11-2) has a lot of momentum heading into the Southeastern Conference schedule.

"Definitely," he said. "I think the talent is here and I just hope we can take our game to another level because the competition will be harder. At the same time, I think we will be prepared for whatever comes our way.

"We're just having fun. When you're winning by 20-plus, you've got a reason to have fun."



Did You Know?

Former Razorbacks assistant coach Brad Dunn is a graduate of Western Illinois.

The likable Dunn, who today works as the general manager for Hawgs Illustrated, spent 11 seasons (1991-2002) as an assistant to former Razorbacks coach Nolan Richardson.

During Dunn's tenure at Arkansas, the Hogs made nine NCAA Tournament appearances, including two Final Four appearances (1994 and 1995) and won one national championship (1994). Arkansas also earned one National Invitational Tournament bid (1997).

Dunn, who earned his degree in psychology from Western Illinois in 1981, also served as a graduate assistant to Richardson at Tulsa (1981-83).



Something In Common

Arkansas and Western Illinois share one common opponent — Kansas.

Arkansas beat the Jayhawks 65-64 on Nov. 22 in the Maui Invitational in Hawaii. Kansas beat the Leathernecks 86-57 on Dec. 3 in Lawrence, Kan.

Welcome Home

Western Illinois forward NaVonta Kentle, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound sophomore, who has scored in double figures in five of his last six games, was playing in home state, approximately 3 1/2 hours from his home in Pine Bluff.

Sunday night, Kentle scored 11 points and 4 rebounds in 28 minutes.



Happy New Year

Until Sunday night, Arkansas never had played a game on New Year's Day, based on schedule dates going back to 1960.

The Razorbacks had played on Dec. 31 and Jan. 2 several times in the past.

Last year, Arkansas beat Louisina-Monroe 85-43 on New Year's Eve in Bud Walton Arena.

Razorbacks junior guard Ronnie Brewer scored the first basket of 2006 — a 3-pointer with 19:29 left in the first half — to give Arkansas its first points of the game.

Brewer had a game-high 23 points.



Streaking

Arkansas won it's ninth straight game Sunday night. That is the longest winning streak in fourth-year coach Stan Heath's tenure as the Head Hog.

The Razobacks won eight straight last year, including their SEC opener.



Coming Attractions

The Razorbacks open their SEC schedule at Mississippi State on Saturday.

Then the Hogs meet LSU at 7:05 p.m. Jan. 11 in Bud Walton Arena and Vanderbilt at 2:05 p.m. Jan. 14, also at home.


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