Arkansas 71, Seton Hall 62

Julyless Nobles has a career-high 19 points, Marshawn Powell 12 points and 10 rebounds, Rotnei Clarke and Mardracus Wade 11 points each and Delvon Johnson a near "ridiculous" triple double with 10 points, 12 rebounds and a career-best 8 blocks as Arkansas downs Seton Hall 71-62 Wednesday night in the DirecTV Big East/SEC Challenge at Freedom Hall in Louisville.

The Arkansas basketball team had a shaky start, but a big-time finish Wednesday night in its first trip out of state this season.

Julysess Nobles had a career-high 19 points, Marshawn Powell a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards and Delvon Johnson was just two blocks shy of a "ridiculous" triple double as the Razorbacks topped Seton Hall 71-62 in the DirecTV Big East/SEC Challenge at Freedom Hall in Louisville.

Rotnei Clarke and Mardracus Wade added 11 points each as the Razorbacks (6-1) missed four early lay-ups to start the game before rolling out to a 17-point first half lead, falling behind 51-50 after an extended drought and then closing out the game by scoring 21 of the game's final 32 points.

"I'm so excited about that (finish), to see that those guys away from home step up and make those plays and it wasn't just one guy, it was a number of guys," Arkansas head coach John Pelphrey said. "It wasn't just with offense, but also with defense and rebounding. I don't know the last time we had two guys with double figure rebounds with Marshawn and Delvon."

Johnson had 10 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high 8 blocks.

"Obviously Delvon just had a ridiculous night," Pelphrey said. "He is two blocks away from a triple double. It was just amazing. I am so happy for him. I am so happy for this basketball team in terms of winning like this."

Powell certainly had his best game of the season while coming back from a broken foot and scored four straight points after his team fell down 51-50 with 7:05 left in the game.

"Marshawn obviously had a huge night for us and even though he is not 100 percent, he made a huge play for us," Pelphrey said. "He came down and cashed in two free throws to take the lead back for us."

Rickey Scott added 8 points and 4 assists as the Razorbacks won their third straight game by playing through adversity on a night where the lights went off in Freedom Hall in the first half.

"It was really good to see everybody step up like that," Pelphrey said. "Hopefully that will be something to give us confidence as we move forward."

There was a pro-Kentucky crowd on hand because its team was taking on Notre Dame in the nightcap of the twinbill - were chanting former player Pelphrey's name at the end of the game.

The Wildcats downed the Irish 72-58.

Jordan Thedore led Seton Hall (3-4) with a career-high 24 points and 5 assists in a game where his team played without injured leading scorer Jeremey Hazell.

"Jordan definitely picked up his pace," Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard said afterwards. "We just had a lot of guys have tough nights. And when the lights went out, that was probably a bad sign for our guys because we have a hard enough time shooting with the lights on."

Herb Pope, the Pirates' 6-9 forward, was benched in the first half by Willard for a violation of team rules, but had 8 points and 9 rebounds after intermission.

"I don't have many of them, so it's tough to break them," Willard said.

Theodore had some thoughts on the subject.

"In warm-ups, I didn't see Herb not playing," Theodore said. "But I feel that whatever happened with him, Coach took care of it. He came out in the second half and helped us fight back. He didn't put his emotions on his sleeve and let coach know that he was upset in the first half."

The Razorbacks reeled off a 16-0 run inside a 21-3 spree to take a 31-14 lead in the opening half.

Arkansas was ahead 38-26 at the break only to find itself behind 51-50 when Theodore connected on four straight free throws.

"We were on a drought and it seemed like we were on 45 forever," Pelphrey said. "But then all of a sudden about the eight-minute mark, guys started making some plays."

Arkansas is off for a week before hosting Mississippi Valley State next Wednesday at Bud Walton Arena and then facing Texas A&M in Dallas on Dec. 18th.


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