Scottie Bordelon is a reporter for WholeHogSports.com. A graduate of the University of Arkansas, Bordelon previously covered high school sports for the Times Record in Fort Smith and the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Springdale. He is a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and Football Writers Association of America and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.
Arkansas downs UALR in 1st exhibition
The logo for Nolan Richardson Court at Bud Walton Arena is shown Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, prior to a game between Arkansas and Arkansas-Little Rock in Fayetteville.
Arkansas 79, UALR 64 - FINAL
The Razorbacks unofficially open the Eric Musselman era with a 15-point win over Darrell Walker's Trojans in Bud Walton Arena.
We will have much more, including plenty of stats and numbers, from today's game later on WholeHogSports.com.
Arkansas 75, UALR 57 - 3:57 left
An update on Desi Sills: He left the Razorbacks team bench and headed toward the locker room. He has been down there since the under-8 timeout.
Adrio Bailey nearly put a Trojans defender in the rim, but he missed the dunk and was fouled in the process. He made both free throws to set the score at what should be the final stoppage in today's game.
Arkansas 68, UALR 51 - 6:20 left
Isaiah Joe is such a threat to beat teams from the perimeter that he becomes extremely valuable in the pick-and-roll game. He attracted two Trojans defenders as he caught on the right wing and fired to Reggie Chaney in the paint, then Chaney found Ethan Henderson running baseline. Henderson was fouled and hit 1 of 2 free throws out of the under-8 timeout.
Jalen Harris then hit a 3 from the left wing after great dribble penetration by Mason Jones.
Arkansas 64, UALR 46 - 9:14 left
Arkansas guard Desi Sills was just helped off the floor by team trainers. He looks to be favoring his right calf a bit. He also exited the game earlier with cramps. We'll try to get an update from Musselman after the game.
Arkansas 59, UALR 41 - 11:20 left
Arkansas' lone bucket since the last pause in play came from Reggie Chaney, who was set up nicely at the rim by Mason Jones after setting a pick for the guard at the top of the key. Chaney, for stretches, has been pretty active today. He just rebounded a Desi Sills miss from 3 and will be at the line when play resumes.
Arkansas 56, UALR 32 - 13:46 left
Isaiah Joe has been absolutely special today. Arkansas' stats are still not working, but I have Joe down for 25 points on 8 of 15 from 3-point range. He's been great in catch and shoot all game. His one 3 off the bounce was filthy, too. He dribbled twice with the right hand, went back to front between the legs then worked into a stepback from the right wing. Nothing but net.
I'll update with stats when they are made available.
Arkansas 45, UALR 26 - 17:15 left
The Razorbacks, much like they did in the first half, open with a flurry, scoring 10 straight to begin the second half to create a good bit of separation. Isaiah Joe knocked down a 3 from the left wing in front of the Arkansas bench, forcing Darrell Walker to call for time. I have Joe 5 of 11 from 3. He is 5 of 10 in catch-and-shoot situations.
Arkansas 35, UALR 26 - Halftime
Arkansas 29, UALR 22 - 3:27 left first half
Reggie Chaney picked up his fourth foul prior to the final media timeout of the first half. After securing a rebound, Jimmy Whitt fired a nice pass up the floor to Chaney, who took two steps and collided with a Trojans defender in the lane. Chaney wasn't happy, and neither was Eric Musselman.
Arkansas' offense has gone pretty quiet since a hot start. Still don't have any official stats right now. Jeantal Cylla, though, did bury a corner 3 after UALR pulled within 26-22.
Arkansas 24, UALR 15 - 8:00 left first half
The Trojans' offense has finally come alive a little more than halfway through the first half. Arkansas' stat feed is not working, so I don't have any numbers on hand at the moment.
A few careless turnovers from Jalen Harris and Mason Jones stood out in the last few minutes. Harris, who caught the ball at the top of the key, drove left and had a free lane to the rim, but he picked up his dribble thinking Adrio Bailey would cut backdoor. Harris was whistled for traveling after hesitating to make the pass. Jones was also whistled for a player control foul on the perimeter. He has been called for two charges already.
Arkansas 19, UALR 3 - 11:50 left first half
Razorbacks forward Reggie Chaney may not see the floor again in the first half. He picked up three fouls in about two minutes, and a couple of those fouls were completely avoidable, too.
Continue to be impressed with Arkansas' ball movement. There was a possession well before the under-12 timeout in which the Razorbacks had to have made 10 passes. It all led to a wide-open 3 for Mason Jones on the left wing, which he canned. It was beautiful basketball.
Trojans forward Kamani Johnson will be at the free throw line when play resumes.
Arkansas 10, UALR 2 - 15:58 left first half
The Razorbacks look solid on both ends in the opening four minutes here. Desi Sills has five points on a corner 3 and a layup in transition. Isaiah Joe, too, knocked down a 3 in front of the Trojans' bench, drawing the timeout. He is 1 of 3 from deep, 1 of 2 in catch-and-shoot situations.
Jimmy Whitt has been strong so far. He's done a majority of the ballhandling. The thing I like is that he knows when to push the ball in transition, when to attack the rim himself or run a set in the halfcourt. Impressive start.
Arkansas' starting lineup: Adrio Bailey, Isaiah Joe, Jimmy Whitt, Jeantal Cylla, Desi Sills.
UALR's starters: Ben Coupet Jr., Alsean Evans, Nikola Maric, Kris Bankston, Markquis Nowell.
Senior forward Adrio Bailey is in uniform and went through the team's pregame layup lines. Eric Musselman said earlier in the week that Bailey had been experiencing back spasms. He was limited in practices in terms of dunking and most full-court work.
Bailey and grad transfers Jeantal Cylla and Jimmy Whitt served as Arkansas' captains prior to tipoff.
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