Tough Early Road Test Awaits Tech Men

Arkansas Tech’s first road game of the 2010-11 men’s basketball season might turn out to be the toughest one the Wonder Boys face all year.

The nationally 13th-ranked Wonder Boys (1-0) will visit the new $13.5 million O’Reilly Family Events Center in Springfield, Mo., for a non-conference tilt with the Drury University Panthers (1-0) at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Radio station KWKK 100.9 FM will have the broadcast in the Arkansas River Valley.

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Drury opened its new basketball palace on Saturday with an 88-69 win over Upper Iowa in front of 2,022 fans.

Dennon Mitchell and Alex Hall scored 23 points apiece to lead the Panthers to the season-opening win.

Hall averaged 16.6 points per game as a freshman last year while leading Drury to a 23-7 record and a berth in the NCAA Division II Tournament.

“Alex Hall is a guy who is hard to stop completely,” said Tech head coach Doug Karleskint (photographed). “He has gotten a lot better at putting the basketball on the floor and making plays. He is a much more complete player than he was a year ago. It will be defense by committee on him.”

The Wonder Boys held Hall to 11 points on 3-of-13 shooting from the field in a 68-63 Tech win over the Panthers in Russellville last season.

Arkansas Tech opened its 2010-11 season on Monday with a 114-49 home victory over Ozark Christian.

Seven Wonder Boys reached double figures in scoring, led by newcomer Johnie Davis. The junior transfer from Gulf Coast Community College was 10-of-16 from the field and finished with 22 points.

“We are really focused on getting the ball up the floor quickly because we have guys on the wing who can make special plays going to the rim,” said Karleskint. “Tough games on the road require tough people getting to the rim and making tough baskets.”