Junior forward Marshawn Powell had 35 points and 9 rebounds and senior Marvell Waithe 31 points and 10 rebounds as the White topped the Red 112-79 in an intrasquad game before 3,300 fans at Bud Walton Arena.
Junior point guard Julysess Nobles chipped in 15 points, 12 assists, 6 rebounds and just two assists and sophomore guard Mardacus Wade 19 points and 5 assists while leading their team to the win.
"Obviously the Razorbacks won and I think that is the most important thing and that no one got hurt," new Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson said. "I think I got a chance to see some of the things that we are working on and there are a lot of other things that we have got to get better at.
"…But the thing I liked about it was that we were able to create some defense off of turnovers and we were able to score off of it," Anderson added. "That has been some of the ingredients to "40 Minutes of Hell" and the "Fastest 40 minutes in Basketball. Now we just gave to work on putting these guys together."
But the Red team had a whopping 24 turnovers to the White's 11 while being outshot 55.7 percent to 46.9 from the field.
"I feel like the Red team had a lot of turnovers and Coach kind of emphasized that in the locker room," Powell said. "We are going to clean that up and once we all come together we are going to be really good."
The game was prelude to a pair of exhibition contests – Friday against Texas A&M Commerce and Nov. 8 against Christian Brothers – before opening the season on 11-11-11 against USC-Upstate.
"We are going to really turn our attention to getting after it from a defensive standpoint," Anderson said. "Just getting pretty tenacious with our defense. I want to continue to up-tempo it. Get our big guys to running the floor where they can get some easy opportunities."
Powell and Waithe noted that this season's Arkansas team has done things much differently in practice this season than it did last year under the old staff.
"I'd say it's been a lot harder and a lot to take in real quick," Powell said.
Waithe expanded on that.
"I think there is way more purpose (in practice) this year than last year," Waithe said. "Last year I would be in practice some time and I would be thinking ‘why are we doing this?' This year, when we practice everything we do is for a purpose. You go long, but it seems like it gets by so fast because everything we do is for a real purpose."
Powell, who struggled in a scrimmage at Prime Time at the Palace, roared out of the gate on Sunday.
He finished 14-of-23 from the field, 2-of-3 from 3-point range and 5-of-5 from the free throw line while looking far more like he did as a freshman than as an injured struggling sophomore.
"If we can have that Marshawn the whole year, then I think he gives us a guy that people are really, really going to have to zero in on," Anderson said. "That let's other guys have the opportunity to shine."
Powell said it was about having the right mindset.
"We just came out and wanted to compete, just wanted to win the game and that's what we did," Powell said. "We all worked really, really hard and it showed."
Powell is playing at 219 pounds this season after being over 240 last season.
"I am really able to get up and down and I barely get tired," Powell said. "It shows."
Waithe, who feels like he has a new lease on life with the new coaching staff, was 12-of-18 from the field, 3-of-6 from 3-point range and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe.
"Marvell made shots," Anderson said. "Obviously we know he isn't going to score 30 every night, but the thing I liked about it is that he was very active out there – blocking shots, rebounding and playing hard."
Waithe (6-9, 195) was happy to have Powell (6-7, 219) on his team instead of competing against him.
"I am not use to playing with Marshawn for real," Waithe said. "We play against each other in practice, but I usually go against the guy. When we are on the same team we are two athletic forwards that can put the ball on the floor and also shoot it. It opens everything up for everybody."
Nobles dished out many of those assists with 12 to only two turnovers.
"He is a distributor," Anderson said. "If a guy gets you 12 assists and two turnovers in a game of that magnitude and plays all but two minutes of it – well, if he can do that it will put him as one of the top assists guards in the SEC if he can continue that."
The 6-9, 252-pound Abron was a beast inside for the Red squad as he connected on 9 of his 15 field goals, knocked down his only three-point attempt and hit 7-of-9 free throw attempts.
"I go after these guys every day at practice and I took today's game as if it was a practice," Abron said. "All I can do is get my game better by going at them. They are tough and they don't give up and when you are having a bad day, they tell you to suck it up and get your head in ther game."
The Red also got quality play from sophomore guard Rickey Scott, who struggled through an injury plagued freshman season.
He had 10 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds in the contest.
"You saw some nice passes and some nice high-low entry passes and guys finishing for the most part," Anderson said. "…Passing is something that gets contagious and if you get a good passing team, well, I just think back to the national championship team (in 1994). It was a great passing team. When you have a good passing team and especially when you are in attack mode, you have just got to have some guys knock some shots down."
Marshawn Powell scores inside against Red team defenders DeVonta Abron, Kikko Haydar and B.J. Young as teammate Mardracus Wade looks on.
Hunter Mickelson defends on a night when he had 14 points, 9 rebounds and a block.
B.J. Young had 17 points for the Red team and fellow freshman guard Rashad Madden added 10 points and 5 rebounds for the White squad.
Abron and Powell battle inside.