After a turnover, Juma Kamara hit a three and Scott Morrison scored on a layup two minutes later to give PSU (0-1) a 5-3 lead with 17:24 left in the first half. The next time the Vikings scored, at the 8:36 mark, Jake Schroeder’s three cut a 23-point
The Hogs pushed the lead to 31 at 55-24 on a Townes dunk and led 60-29 at the half.
UA shot 56.4 percent in the first period (22-39), 50 percent on threes (5-10), 84.6 percent at the line (11-13), had a 24-14 rebounding edge, recorded 10 steals and four blocked shots, and had 17 assists with six turnovers while forcing 15 turnovers. PSU shot 36.7 percent (11-30), but was seven-of-12 on threes (.583).
Modica had 14 points and three steals in the first period, connecting on five-of-nine shots. Ronnie Brewer made seven-of-11 shots, including three-of-five threes, and had 20 points, two assists and four steals.
In the second half, the Hogs got even hotter. UA shot 65.5 percent (19-29) in the second period and finished at 60.3 percent for the game (41-68).
Brewer took just five shots in the second half and finished with a career-high 24 points on nine-of-16 shooting. He also had five steals.
Thomas finished with career highs of 20 points, seven rebounds and six offensive rebounds. He was seven-of-12 from the floor.
Townes had 14 points, eight rebounds and a career-high seven blocked shots. He made seven-of-10 shots. Modica finished with 16 points on six-of-10 shooting. Sean McCurdy had seven points, and Steven Hill and Cyrus McGowan six each.
In addition to the 15 assists with just four turnovers,
Schroeder made 10-of-14 shots, including six-of-eight threes, to lead PSU with 26 points.
The Razorbacks play No. 3 Connecticut Monday at 10:30 p.m. (Central) in the first round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational. The game is being televised live on ESPN2.