He made it a point to be The Factor in the Razorbacks' second one.
Powell had a game-high 26 points in the opening half as Arkansas downed Christian Brothers 76-54 Tuesday night before an announced crowd of 4,000 at Bud Walton Arena.
"I think you that shows you he has a chance to be a very good player, especially with the things that we do," Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson said. "I like Marshawn's versatility. I thought he was playing well in the game the other night, but the foul trouble had him become tentative. When you start thinking and trying not to foul, you end up fouling anyway and that's what took place with him."
"They hung around and hung around, but I thought at the end of the game fatigue was a factor," Anderson said.
The Tuesday match-up was certainly one of contrasting styles.
"You are talking about two teams that played at the opposite extremes," Anderson said. "We want to play fast and they want to be patient and they tested our patience tonight. I thought our guys did an excellent job in spurts of really having patience on defense and I thought our defense was effective. People normally don't score 50 or at the most 60 against them so for us score 76 points shows we played good basketball and efficiently with 18 assists on 30 field goals."
Powell, who had 7 points in 13-foul plagued minutes against Texas A&M-Commerce, was 11-of-17 from the field and 4-of-4 from the free throw line.
"Like Coach said, 'just play basketball, don't pay attention to the refs and just stay aggressive,'" Powell said. "That's what I tried to do and it paid off for me. Anytime I play like that, it feels good, but like Coach A said, 'you can celebrate it to 12 o'clock tonight and then it is back to work.'"
He also had four blocks, three rebounds and a steal with no turnovers and no fouls in his 25 minutes of action.
"It is all about hustle," Powell said. "It is just second and third and fourth effort. Like Coach says, you can't just give up after the guy beats you. And then a lot of my blocks came from the help side, helping my teammates outs. That's a big thing that Coach is preaching about."
Julysess Nobles added 9 points, 6 rebound and 4 assists and Rickey Scott 8 points and 8 assists in the win.
"I was just pushing the ball," Scott said. "Coach A just likes pushing the ball and the bigs were running and I look for them. If they are running, they are going to get an assist for me."
Walk on Kikko Haydar added 8 points while getting extra time because freshman guard Rashad Madden was suspended for one game because of a violation of team rules.
"Ky (Madden) violated a team rule," Anderson said. "So that is why he did not dress tonight. It will be a one-game suspension."
The Razorbacks shot 56.6 percent (30-of-53) from the field, 4-of-12 from 3-point range and nailed 12 of their 13 free throws.
After getting beat on the boards soundly against Texas A&M Commerce, Arkansas did control the boards to the tune of 38-25 on Tuesday night.
Senior Michael Sanchez started and had six rebounds to tie Nobles for the tops in that department.
"Mike just gives us an energy kind of guy, a blue collar guys that does all the little things," Anderson said. "I think his first play was a penetrate and pass to a guy for back-door lay-up."
The rebound concentration did lead to some back-door lay-ups for Christian Brothers early on.
"The first half we were struggling because we were all worried about going to rebound because we had gotten out-rebounded," Scott said. "So we were worried about that and they were just back-screening us. We weren't talking. That was the main thing. We have got to get better at that. That is probably what we are going to work on tomorrow - talk."
Powell outdid his first exhibition effort in a short stretch alone in the first half Tuesday night.
After assisting on a bucket to Marvell Waithe, he had the next eight points himself as Arkansas turned a 16-10 deficit into a 20-18 lead.
He would also add an old-fashioned three-point play as the Razorbacks raced out to a 35-26 lead at halftime.
"I was just playing basketball, man," Powell said.
The Memphis-based Division II team did score the first eight points of the second half to cut it to 35-34 before Powell went on an 11-point unanswered spree of his own.
Powell hit a free throw and then got a steal and a dunk to start a spree that ended with a basket that out Arkansas up 46-34 with just under 12 minutes left in the game.
"I thought it (Powell's game) was outstanding," Scott said. "Just to bounce back from the game he had before was amazing. But I knew the type of player he is so I knew he was going to bounce back soon."
Christian Brothers closed within five points later in the game, but never could get over the hump.
Arkansas led 58-51 before going on its 18-0 spree that ended when Christian Brother's Pat Graham hit a 3-pointer for the final points of the game.
This is the second straight game that the Razorbacks have had a big run at the end, something Scott attributes to conditioning.
"Definitely it is conditioning," Scott said. "We have these little period thing where it goes up every week. We are at five minutes right now and we just go for five minutes non-stop. The more we do that, the better conditioned we are."
BJ Young added 7 points, Marvell Waithe 6 points and 5 rebounds, DeVonta Abron 4 points and 4 rebounds and Hunter Mickelson 4 points and Mardracus Wade 2 points after leading the team with 20 points in the exhibition opener.
Harry Green had 14 points to lead Christian Brothers while Zac Warner added 10 for the Buccaneers, who will play Memphis on Friday night in another exhibition.
Former Little Rock Catholic player Michael Drake had 9 points and 7 rebounds before fouling out while former Cabot standout Austin Johnson missed his only shot.
"I feel like we still have to get better on the defensive end a little bit and blocking out and rebounding, but I feel like we are coming." Powell said.
Razorback coach Mike Anderson was pleased that his team had 18 assists on its 30 field goals during the win over Christian Brothers.
Arkansas forward Marshawn Powell rams a dunk home after a steal in a personal 11-0 run during the second half of Tuesday night's win.
Sophomore point guard Rickey Scott had 8 points and a team-high 8 assists.
Razorback freshman BJ Young gets to the rim on a night when he had 7 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists.
Hunter Mickelson drives the baseline.
Photos by Marc F. Henning