Arkansas wins the show over East Central, 77-74


FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas, down 14 with 11 minutes remaining, needed a 20-4 run and free throws from Davonte Davis, Chris Lykes and JD Notae in the final minute to claim a 77-74 victory over East Central University Sunday afternoon at Bud Arena Walton.

East Central, coached by former Arkansas graduate assistant Max Pendery, took the lead midway through the first half and extended their two-point lead to 14 (60-46) with 11:02 to play. From that point on, Arkansas continued their run 20-4. It all started with a 6-0 push ahead of a Tigers’ basket. The Razorbacks then scored 10 without a response before the Tigers scored. The Razorbacks had four straight games to end the comeback and lead 66-64 with 5:09 to go.

Notae scored six during the race, Lykes scored five, Jaylin Williams and Davis each scored four and Au’Diese Toney scored one.

Arkansas led by six (71-65) at 3:21 only to see East Central regain the lead, 72-71, with a 3-pointer from Josh Apple with 57 seconds remaining.

Davis put Arkansas back in the lead with a pair of free throws seven seconds later. With 22 seconds left, Lykes pierced two of the charity gang. Brennan Burns brought the Tigers down to one point, 75-74, with two free throws with six seconds remaining. However, Notae froze the game with two free throws with five ticks remaining for the 77-74 win.

Davis led Arkansas with 20 points while Notae added 17. Toney recorded a double-double with 10 points and a high of 15 rebounds (nine offensives). He also fired a charge with 35 seconds left, which helped secure the victory. Williams, whose energy and three blocked shots contributed to the victory, narrowly missed a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds. Lykes finished with 13 points.

Apple led all scorers with 23 points while Jalen Crutchfield scored 15 for East Central.

Next, Arkansas will host North Texas on October 30 (Saturday). Kick-off is 4 p.m. at Bud Walton Arena. The game is sold out as it is part of the 2021-22 men’s basketball season pass package.

FIRST HALF: Arkansas 35 – Central East 37

  • JD Notae scored the first points of the game and 7 of the team’s top 15.
  • East Central took their first lead (21-20) at 5:28 with a 3-point lead from Jalen Crutchfield. The Tigers increased their advantage to five (26-21) with 4:05 left in the period.
  • Arkansas regained the lead (27-26) on a quick layup from Davonte Davis at 3:07.
  • The lead rebounded before East Central AJ Ferguson Jr., made a free throw and a layup for the Tigers’ 3-point lead with 42 ticks remaining.
  • Lykes responded with a layup to bring the Hogs down to one (36-35) with 29 seconds on the clock. Brennan Burns converted a free throw with 19 seconds left to give the Tigers a 36-35 lead.
  • Both teams were 14 of 33 on the field (42.4%) but East Central scored six 3-pointers (6 of 17) to one (1 of 9) by the Razorbacks. East Central had nine assists compared to four by Arkansas. Arkansas was also just 6 of 13 off the free throw line.

SECOND HALF: Arkansas 42 – Central East 37

  • East Central used a 7-0 run in a 14-2 push to lead by 14 (60-46) with 11:02 to go.
  • Arkansas had a 10-0 run (in a 16-2 run) to tie the game (62-62) at 6:19.
  • Arkansas used a steal and a layup from Notae to take their first lead since the first half. The layup brought the score to 66-64 with 5:07 to go.
  • East Central regained the lead, 72-71, with a 3 point lead from Josh Apple with 57 seconds remaining.
  • Devo Davis responded with two free throws with 50 ticks remaining to give the Hogs a lead, 73-72, and Au’Diese Toney fired a key charge with 35 seconds remaining to force an ECU turnaround.
  • Lykes sank two free throws with 22 seconds remaining for a 3-point lead in Arkansas, 75-72.
  • After two ECU free throws, Notae froze the game with two free throws with five seconds remaining.


  • The starters were Davonte Davis, JD Notae, Au’Diese Toney, Stanley Umude, Jaylin Williams.
  • East Central won the first shot.
  • JD Notae scored the first points of the game, a layup at 19:22.
  • Chris Lyles, Jaxson Robinson and Connor Vanover were the first submarines.
  • Arkansas have now won 34 consecutive exhibition games since Nov. 14, 2003.
  • Arkansas is now 72-9 all-time in exhibition games.

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