Powell poured in 20 points and six rebounds and became the 35th person in school history to go over 1,000 career points as Arkansas blasted Alabama A&M 95-68 Saturday night before 9,670 fans at Verizon Arena.
The redshirt junior suffered a season-ending injury last year during a practice here before a 89-78 loss to Houston.
"Sometimes things happen and you don't know why they happen," Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson said. "Isn't it a coincidence that the place he got hurt, he comes back and becomes a 1,000 point scorer?
"Marshawn is just trying to do everything he can to help our basketball team win," Anderson added. "He is trying to lead by example...It was not even just his scoring. He was running the floor, blocking shots, rebounding the basketball in traffic. I thought he put on a pretty good performance, but I thought our team did as well. We shared the basketball and when we share the basketball, we are tough to defend."
Powell was 9-of-13 from the field on a night when Arkansas shot 51.4 percent from the field and added three steals and two assists. He topped 1,000 points early in the second half on a dunk.
"It makes me feel like I've been here a while, but it also makes me feel special that only 34 other players have done it," Powell said. "To be acknowledged as one of the better players feels good."
Arkansas hit its first seven field goal attempts and jumped to a 16-6 lead while ended a three-game losing streak at Verizon Arena and giving the Razorbacks (7-4) only their second win in the last seven games in North Little Rock.
"It was a good win and the fans, there were just something about it - it just seemed like extra energy in the building and our guys fed off of it," Anderson said. "The reason is because it is an event. When you come to (North) Little Rock, it is an event. I was glad to see our guys come out and play well and really play well in a lot of different facets of the game."
Powell noted it was about time Arkansas got a win in North Little Rock.
"I've been a part of three of those losses, but it feels good. It always feels good to get a 'W', especially in front of the Little Rock fans," Powell said. "They probably don't get many chances to get to see us in Fayetteville."
B.J. Young added 13 points and a career-high 9 assists while Coty Clarke chipped in 10 points and a team-high eight boards and Jacorey Williams 10 points.
"We got to play a lot of guys and a lot of guys got quality minutes," Anderson said. "JaCorey Willams - you can see the potential in him and he got a chance to showcase it tonight just like a guy like Anthlon Bell.
"Coty Clarke, I thought he bounced back and had a very good game tonight," Anderson added.
Arkansas also got good efforts from Hunter Mickelson with nine points, six rebounds three blocks and two steals while Rashad Madden and Rickey Scott both added eight points.
"The one I am really excited about is Hunter Mickelson," Anderson said. "He is just kind of changing right before your eyes. He is playing with the tenacity that you have to play with a guy that size when you are playing against a guy that was seven-foot (Justus Banks)."
The Razorbacks took a 51-34 lead to intermission.
"I thought our guys that started off the game really came out with great focus," Anderson said. "Our defense was really intact and we played with a lot of effort and a lot of energy. Played the game the right way. We were unselfish on defense and we made shots early on. But there was a reason we made a lot of shots - on a lot of them we were in attack mode, pushing the basketball, sharing the basketball. There were some great, great passes out there where guys were making the extra pass."
Young had the nine assists and only one turnover in 25 minutes on the floor.
"BJ Young continues some of his versatility," Anderson said. "He was a distributor. He had nine assists tonight and was still able at the same time to create and score and did some good things defensively."
Arkansas largest lead was by 35 with 8:39 left in the game.
Jeremy Crutcher had a team-high 16 points while DeMarquelle Tabb added 15 points before fouling out on a flagrant one foul – which was an elbow to the face of Haydar.
Green Hill added 10 points and Banks eight points, eight rebounds for the visitors, who did show a little fight midway through the first half after surviving the opening barrage.
"I thought those kids kind of enjoyed the atmosphere as well," Anderson said. "We came out swinging and they battled back and got themselves back into the game - cut it to probably a seven or eight-point game. But I thought we were able to have a good run right before the end of the half and came out (in the second half) focused and the mindset of stopping them. I thought we did a good job."
Arkansas will now take a few days off for Christmas before returning to action Saturday night against Northwestern, La., State.
"With that idle time, we're going to introduce them to two-a-days," Anderson said. ""We know there are things we have to continue to work on. We're playing the game with tremendous effort, shooting the ball a lot better because we're sharing the basketball... and that's a good start."
Marshawn Powell went over 1,000 career points on this dunk.
BJ Young had 13 points, 9 assists and just one turnover in 25 minutes of action.
Rashad Madden and Kikko Haydar apply pressure to Alabama A&M's Jeremy Crutcher.