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Powell, Arkansas defeat Florida A&M

Arkansas' Marshawn Powell led the Razorbacks past Florida A&M 89-60 Tuesday night at Bud Walton Arena in front of 6,450 fans.

Marshawn Powell made his presence felt on Tuesday night with a double-double.

Arkansas (3-0) took the easy win with Powell scoring 21 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Arkansas Coach Mike Anderson was pleased with Powell's play.

“Powell had a double-double and had a good balanced scoring night,” Anderson said. “He is starting to look his old self.”

Arkansas took a 49-31 lead into intermission. The Razorbacks were up 17-12 with 12:31 remaining in the first half and then went on a 12-0 run to put the lead into double digits.

B.J. Young had 12 points and Mardracus Wade added 11. Off the bench, Rickey Scott had 11 points and Coty Clarke added 10.

“I loved our energy off the bench with Rickey Scott and Coty Clarke in particular,” Anderson said. “Coty came off the bench with good energy.”

The Rattlers (0-4) tried to fight back in the second half, but Arkansas held off each challenge from them. They went on a 13-4 run with 15:05 left in the game to pull within 11, but that was as close as they would get. Anderson was impressed with how Florida A&M played the Razorbacks.

“Florida A&M came in and tested us,” Anderson said. “We missed easy opportunities to distance ourselves, but it was a good gut check for our guys.”

The Rattlers were led by Reggie Lewis with 15 points while Muhammed Abdul-Aleem had 14 and Jamari Bradshaw with 13 points. Markee Teal led all rebounders with 14. Arkansas did force the Rattlers into 22 turnovers.

In the game, Arkansas was 7-of-17 from behind the 3-point line and hit 20 free throws. The Razorbacks also had 10 steals and blocked eight shots.

Arkansas will now travel to Las Vegas to face Arizona State on Friday night at 6 in the Las Vegas Invitational. On Saturday, Arkansas will face either Creighton or Wisconsin.

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