The biggest players, stats and quotes from Arkansas' 73-71 win over Missouri on Saturday at Bud Walton Arena.
B.J. Young scored seven of his 18 points in the final 29 seconds.
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Arkansas sophomore guard B.J. Young When the Razorbacks were down four points late and things “looked kind of bleak,” as Young put it, he took over, scoring seven points in the final 29 seconds, including two three-point plays. The first three-point play cut Missouri’s lead to 70-69. The second one – 10 seconds later – put the Hogs ahead 72-71, and he followed with a free throw with five seconds left to set the final score. Young, a St. Louis native, also defended Jabari Brown on Brown’s last-second three-pointer that was too long. Young finished with 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting. He had a team-high five assists and also made five rebounds. His game-high five turnovers should already be forgotten.
Arkansas junior forward Marshawn Powell Powell had a stretch in the first five minutes of the second half where he basically took over for Arkansas on the offensive end, scoring 12 points. He said teammates have told him he’s tough to defend on the block, so he banged around down low and made things happen. Powell ended up scoring 15 of his team-high 24 points in the second half. He also played a game-high 35 minutes.
19,004 The actual attendance for Saturday’s game, which included plenty of Missouri fans in the upper deck.
50 Number of fouls called in the game – 25 on each team.
47-31 Missouri’s rebounding advantage over Arkansas.
11 The combined number of points scored in the final 47 seconds of the game.
Arkansas Coach Mike Anderson was very pleased with his team's defense.
Arkansas Coach Mike Anderson, referencing the fact that he was the Tigers’ coach for five years before returning to Fayetteville: “It was an emotional game as the storylines are read, but the thing about that is, I don’t play the game.”
Anderson on Young’s play: “I thought he stepped up and showcased the player he can be, that he’s capable of being. I thought early on he was really pressing. He was trying not to be aggressive and assertive, and I think that’s not B.J. And you saw him out of rhythm a little bit, and I took him out. Then I thought he kind of gathered his steam and gathered his breath. That’s what he does. He makes plays for our basketball team. He and Powell. They’re the glue guys. But we’ve got some glue guys in Coty Clarke, the jump ball there at the end where Mardracus (Wade) goes to the floor, I thought that was huge, huge for our basketball team.”
Missouri Coach Frank Haith’s opening remarks: “First of all, I’d like to say don’t anyone ask me about the officiating. I’m not getting in trouble today. As far as the game, it was a high-level game. I’m proud of our guys, how hard they fought under the circumstances and I’m really, really proud of them. And they competed. And I thought we just worked our butts off out there today.”
Young on scoring seven points in the final 29 seconds: “My teammates, they just kept encouraging me and telling us that it wasn’t over. We just stayed together as a team and made plays down the stretch. Marshawn carried us when we needed points and rebounds, and I just tried to close out the game.”
Young on what the final 30 seconds were like: “It was just one of the craziest games I’ve ever played in, if not the craziest game. I still kind of can’t believe what happened in the end. We’re on the winning end. That’s a crazy game. I’ve never been a part of something quite like that.”
Young on what the game against his home-state school meant to him: “Yeah, it was big for me. Coach Anderson, too, I’m not gonna lie. That was big for both of us. The rest of the team just kept encouraging us. And it was a big game. I was pretty revved up for this one, too.”
Powell on whether this is the beginning of a rivalry with Missouri: “In a sense, I think so. Them guys are tough. You’ve got to give Missouri credit. They’ve been ranked all year for a reason and them guys played good together and they have a great point guard. I just feel as the years go on, as they’re being in our conference, it’s going to get interesting.”
The Bottom Line
Anderson couldn’t have said it better when he stated that Saturday's game was “a gut check for our basketball team.”
The Razorbacks obviously passed the test, thanks to Young’s ability to slash, create and convert in the final 30 seconds – and thanks to some calls that didn’t make Haith very happy. Young also did a nice job of defending on the final play, recovering from a slip to get a hand in Brown’s face on what would have been the game-winning three-pointer.
In addition to Young and Powell, the Razorbacks got a 13-point, seven-rebound effort from junior forward Clarke, who went 3 for 3 from three-point range.
Missouri (18-7, 7-5 SEC), a Top 25 team most of the season, was probably the superior team, top to bottom, from a physical standpoint. And Tigers senior guard Keion Bell was very good, scoring 25 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the field and 7-of-8 shooting from the free-throw line. He also pulled down eight rebounds.
But Missouri junior guard Phil Pressey (2-of-9 shooting, four turnovers) and senior forward Laurence Bowers (1-of-10 shooting) definitely weren't at their best. Anderson said he feels like a father figure to those two guys, whom he's known since they were young, and that you could tell "emotions maybe kind of hit them a little bit."
When the Razorbacks started out the game 0 for 7 from the field, allowing the Tigers to build a 9-0 lead, it was easy to think it could be a long game for the Hogs.
Instead, Arkansas (16-9, 7-5) hung around, took its first lead with 16:58 left in the second half and wouldn’t quit fighting. The Hogs now have some momentum with six games left in the regular season after earning their first road win – at Auburn on Wednesday – and then overcoming a talented Missouri team.
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The Next One
The Razorbacks host Georgia on Thursday night in a game televised by ESPN2. The Bulldogs (12-12, 6-5) played at Ole Miss on Saturday night. Georgia had a five-game winning streak snapped Tuesday with a 52-45 loss to Alabama in Athens.
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