Arkansas Batters Belize

Arkansas completes a 2-0 trek to Cancun with a easy victory over the Belize Select Team on Sunday night.

The University of Arkansas basketball team's second exhibition game in Cancun was a rousing success.

Michael Washington had 21 points and fellow sophomore Patrick Beverley 19 to lead four Razorbacks in double figures in a 108-37 rout of the Belize Select Team on Sunday night.

Darian Townes added 17 points and 9 rebounds, Charles Thomas 16 points and 9 boards and Michael Sanchez 11 points and 5 caroms as Arkansas finished the weekend 2-0.

"We were certainly encouraging each other and we are on the same page," Arkansas head coach John Pelphrey said. "That is a little thing, but that's important…Everybody made a more concerted effort to be organized tonight."

Unlike in Arkansas' 60-57 win over the Quintana Roo Pioneers Saturday night, the Razorbacks had plenty of players ready for action on Sunday night.

Beverley and freshman guard Marcus Britt both played after being disciplined for Saturday night's game while injured sophomore Stefan Welsh's hamstring was healed enough for him to play on Sunday night.

Welsh had 8 assists in the game.

"Patrick helped us be better organized and Stefan really did a good job," Pelphrey said.

Arkansas raced out to a 28-9 lead by the end of the first quarter and had pushed that to a 56-24 advantage by halftime.

A 30-6 Razorback spree in the third quarter had the UA squad comfortably ahead 90-30 headed into the final of four 10-minute quarters.

One big difference from Saturday night's win was how Arkansas shot the ball – especially from the free throw line.

After going an atrocious 9-of-26 from the charity stripe against Quintana, the Razorbacks responded by netting 30-of-45 on Sunday night.

They hit 8-of-9 free throws in the first quarter.

They also shot 52 percent from the field on the night and were 6-of-20 from 3-point range.

Townes was strong early in the first quarter with 7 points while Thomas, Washington and Beverley heated up in the middle two quarters.

Thomas had a combined 32 points and 22 rebounds in the two games.

"He has really made strides in getting his feet inside the circle," Pelphrey said of a player who sometimes falls in love with 3-pointers. "I am looking forward to seeing him play this season."

Washington had 26 points and 21 rebounds during the weekend.

"He (Washington) played really well both nights," Pelphrey said. "He got really good position and made quick scores."

Nate Rakestraw hit 2 3-pointers and had 6 points while Britt added 5, Vincent Hunter and Welsh 4 points and Steven Hill 2 points.

The game concluded a stretch where Arkansas was able to have 10 practices and get in the two exhibition games.

Although they can have individual workouts, it is their last team workout on the floor until Oct. 12, the official start of fall practice.


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