Arkansas Ends Italy Trip Unbeaten

BJ Young has 22 points, Coty Clarke 17 points and 7 rebounds and Mardracus Wade 11 points and 6 steals Friday, but Marshawn Powell's performance was the true bright spot as the Razorbacks downed All-Star Italy 93-73 to end their Italian Tour with a 4-0 record.

ROME, Italy – Marshawn Powell was not the leading scorer in Arkansas' win here on Friday, but it was his performance that probably left the biggest impression on his coaches and staff.

Powell, a 6-7, 230-pound redshirt junior forward who missed all but two games to injury last season, had his best game of the Razorbacks' four-game exhibition trip.

He had 10 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals as Arkansas forced its foe in 31 turnovers and downed All Star Italy 93-73 at Palazetto Arena Altero Felici to end its trip unbeaten.

"Today I felt better than anyday that I have been here so far," Powell said. "I think it was a lot of rest that I had that just let my body catch up with me. I feel pretty good. I think I am coming along pretty decent."

B.J. Young had 22 points, Coty Clarke 17 points and 7 rebounds and Mardracus Wade 11 points, 6 steals and a whopping 8 deflections in a chippy game where Arkansas led by as many as 30 points.

Early in the second quarter after a few elbows were passed along from the Italian team, Anderson called timeout and got the referees and both teams together at half-court.

"I told everybody just to calm down," Anderson said. "They were not as talented as we are so they were going to try and use everything they can. They play in a European FIBA League and they are very, very physical.

"I told our guys to use their heads, be calm, play calm," Anderson added. "You worry about a guy like Marshawn because all it takes is an undercut. From that standpoint, luckily we got out of here without getting anyone hurt."

All-Star Italy had previously played Georgia close, but lost to Tennessee, Purdue and VCU before losing to Arkansas.

He thinks what happened Friday will likely help his team down the line.

"You are going to have some adversity throughout the year and let's see if we can adjust and how we can perform against that adversity," Anderson said. "…Ky got popped a couple of times, all of them got popped a couple of times, but when you are over here in Rome, you have got to do what the Romans do."

Anderson was pleased with what he saw on the trip from Powell, who he did not play during the third game of the trip.

"It was good to see Marshawn come back after sitting out the last game and come back and be productive," Anderson said.

Powell said that getting his explosion back and just getting mentally back into the game are his two biggest things to overcome.

"That (explosion) and it is all mental to me – just to know that I can trust my knee and play with it," Powell said. "The more I play with it, the better I am going to be."

"With the team I've got now, I don't have to put that much pressure on myself," Powell said. "I don't have to score as many points as I would have last year. I can come in and do a lot more other things. I can focus on my defense a little bit more instead of trying to save myself."

The Razorbacks shot 59 percent from the field (40-of-68), 5-of-19 from 3-point range and hit 8-of-12 free throws.

Rickey Scott and freshman Anthlon Bell added 7 points each, Hunter Mickelson 6 points and 6 rebounds before fouling out, Rashad Madden 5 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals, Kikko Haydar 5 points and Davion Spivey 3.

Anderson didn't play freshman Michael Qualls and Jacorey Williams – who had both had great moments on the trip – to spread the minutes around to others.

"I played a lot of combinations and we didn't even play a couple of guys," Anderson said. "That was my decision. I wanted them to see and sit back and watch the action."

Arkansas led 27-24 at the end of the first quarter, went on an 18-4 run to start the second quarter and took a 45-30 lead to intermission.

Clarke's rebound basket pushed it to 61-37 in the third quarter the lead crested at 30 when Young slam that made it 86-56 with just over three minutes remaining.

"I thought today was one of those where we had to get the rhythm back," Anderson said. "We had not picked up a basketball in two days and we had traveled."

Arkansas will tour Vatican City on Saturday before returning home on Sunday.

"It's been a great trip for the kids both on and off the court," Anderson said. "I think this has really opened some eyes."

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