NCAAB Game Recap - Montana at Arkansas
Sat Nov 16, 2019 5:00 PM EST

Oakl
50
MD
80
F
Colum
42
UVA
60
F
Ohio
54
Vill
78
F
Alc
56
Mem
102
F
Wash
62
Tenn
75
F
Nich
65
LSU
75
F
USD
53
Colora
71
F
StFNY
64
NCSU
95
F
AlaAM
63
MiaO
79
F
(N/A)
48
UMBC
60
F
N CO
72
NrthIA
77
F(OT)
Morg
68
GrgWas
64
F
Corn
54
DeP
75
F
OlDom
76
NE
69
F
CenCT
43
UMass
89
F
Campbl
87
Citad
73
F
Dart
37
Jacksn
57
F
Leh
53
VaTec
79
F
SIU-E
57
InWor
55
F
NWSt
52
Tul
79
F
StJos
68
LoyIL
85
F
Wagn
69
NJIT
88
F
RobM
56
Toled
70
F
ChiSt
49
Purd
93
F
StPet
47
Prov
68
F
Quin
52
Mia-FL
80
F
Temp
70
LaSal
65
F
(N/A)
79
Hartfo
86
F
SamH
77
CenMI
84
F
Belm
100
BC
85
F
Buff
88
Harv
76
F
TN-M
62
WichSt
103
F
WSt
55
Denv
72
F
APSU
65
Tuls
72
F
TNTec
47
App
69
F
(N/A)
59
Winth
103
F
(N/A)
60
UMassL
58
F
(N/A)
48
NIU
96
F
E MI
56
N TX
51
F
SacHr
72
Bingha
76
F
Vermt
70
StJon
68
F
(N/A)
79
FlAtl
84
F
Lib
77
ECU
57
F
UNH
70
Boston
84
F
Rice
82
UCSB
81
F
Stony
69
TexPA
58
F
Mont
49
Ark
70
F
Del
81
Lafy
73
F
MD-ES
53
MorSt
76
F
Brev
49
UNCA
79
F
MTSt
67
UNCG
66
F
McNee
80
NM
90
F
LaTec
72
Crei
82
F
Drex
67
SFA
82
F
JackSt
63
SMU
80
F
Amer
76
StFPA
79
F
Buck
81
Canis
83
F
Stetsn
55
IPFW
79
F
Kent
72
WriSt
71
F
Seatt
67
Syr
89
F
Albany
51
Manh
57
F
JMU
70
GMas
83
F
Maris
41
Ford
58
F
ChaSo
61
Dayt
90
F
UNCW
49
David
87
F
Samf
55
N AL
61
F
NDSt
57
TXAMC
45
F
StBon
80
Rut
74
F
Woff
61
Butl
80
F
IL-C
56
Brad
65
F
ArkPB
54
GrCan
67
F
USF
76
SIU
60
F
Troy
62
Ind
100
F
(N/A)
48
Murr
114
F
OrSt
83
Wyo
63
F
Pepp
73
AbCh
69
F
SCla
64
Stan
82
F
Maine
62
Portl
71
F
ColSt
74
LoyMa
64
F
(N/A)
62
CS-Ful
82
F
USC
76
Nev
66
F

Arkansas 70, Montana 49

Nov 16, 2019, 5:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Montana (1-2)

18

28

49

Arkansas (3-0)

31

33

70

Jones scores 19 in Arkansas’ 64-46 win over Montana
Sat Nov 16, 2019 8:58 PM

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Eric Musselman admits to being old school when it comes to earning playing time for his Arkansas team.

On Saturday, the Razorbacks' coach used just seven players in the Razorbacks' 64-46 win against Montana in front of 13,058 in Bud Walton Arena. It marked the third straight win for Arkansas, and the third straight game the Razorbacks (3-0) have held their opponent to fewer than 50 points.

"I think if you go look at the box scores at Nevada the last four years, you're probably going to see seven-and-a-half or eight guys," Musselman, who was 110-34 at Nevada, said. "Every coach, every program has their own philosophy on that. I'd rather have a tired Isaiah Joe shooting than somebody else. We'll roll with however many players it takes to win on that night. I might be one of few coaches that believe that 30 college games, with 18- to 22-year old people that play one or two games per week are able to play 37 minutes.

"We're not going to just pass out minutes to pass out minutes. You've got to earn them in practice and you've got to earn them understanding the game plan."

Arkansas got a game-high 19 points from Mason Jones and Adrio Bailey had his first career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds to pace the Razorbacks. Jimmy Whitt Jr. had 14 points for Arkansas.

Offensively, Musselman said the Razorbacks struggled, but more than made up for it at the defensive end, limiting Montana (1-2) to 20 of 54 from the field, including just 4 of 20 from the 3-point line.

"We did not shoot the ball well at all," Musselman said. "We weren't pretty offensively tonight, but that's what you have to do on nights when you can't score. You have to up your defensive intensity. Montana really struggled from the 3-point area with our defense. I thought we did a great job closing out the shooters and not giving them any clean looks."

The Razorbacks focused their attention on limiting Montana senior guard Sayeed Pridgett, who was coming in off a 30-point performance against MSU Northern. Musselman said during practice, every time the player on the scout team who portrayed Pridgett touched the ball, a piercing siren would go off.

"Not just if he caught the ball, but even if he tipped it," said Bailey with a laugh. "We heard that siren the whole practice."

Arkansas held Pridgett to 13 points, which was the goal coming in, Musselman said. Pridgett also had seven turnovers.

Arkansas led early and went up by double figures late in the first half before Montana battled back to get within 38-30 on Pridgett's pull-up jumper from the right elbow with 12:55 left in the second half.

The Razorbacks responded, getting a 3-pointer from Joe with 9:35 left to put the Razorbacks up 47-33 and Arkansas cruised from there.

BIG PICTURE

Montana: The Grizzlies only scored 18 points in the first half and did not make a 3-point attempt in the opening 20 minutes. They made just two 3-pointers in the game.

Arkansas: The season-opening three games have been historic for Arkansas. The 132 points the Razorbacks have allowed are the lowest since the mid-1940s that the team has allowed for the first three games of the season. Arkansas surrendered 43 to both Rice and North Texas before allowing 46 on Saturday.

GETTING THE POINT

Jones took the blame for allowing Montana to get an open layup in the first half on a back-door cut. The junior guard said Musselman gave him an earful when he came to the sideline.

"There were a couple of plays in the game where I messed up, but he just got on me and I fixed it the next possession," Jones said. "That's what I like about coach Muss. He pushes us hard and he coaches hard. He just wants the best out of us. He knows we're going to rely on defense this year so he's going to make sure we're on our Ps and Qs."

HE SAID IT

"He's a fun guy," Bailey said of Musselman. "He has a personality. I have a personality, too."

TIP-INS

In the first three games of the season, Arkansas ranks in the top five in the country in a number of defensive categories. . Joe, one of 20 players on the Jerry West Award Watch List, struggled offensively shooting just 2 of 13 from the floor, but his 3-pointer late in the game swung momentum back in Arkansas' favor. . Besides limiting Montana to 2 of 16 from the 3-point line, Arkansas also forced 23 turnovers.

UP NEXT

Montana will host Montana Tech on Monday.

Arkansas is at home Tuesday against Texas Southern.

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Leaders

Montana PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
K. Owens 0 0 1 2 0 0
E. Egun 0 0 1 2 0 0
Arkansas PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Cylla 0 0 0 2 0 0
M. Jones 21 0 4 5 4 1

Team Comparison

Mont Ark
Points For 49 70
Field Goals 18/56-32% 20/54-37%
Three Pointers 5/23-22% 10/32-31%
Free Throws 8/14-57% 20/26-77%
Offensive Rebounds 15 14
Defensive Rebounds 24 23
Rebounds 46 40
Blocks 5 2
Steals 5 11
Turnovers 23 13
Personal Fouls 22 18
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Ark Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Nov 16 Mont 49 @ Ark 70 J. Vazquez 2 J. Harris 5

Game Information

Stadium: Bud Walton Arena, Fayetteville, Arkansas
Attendance: 13,058
Game Time: