Arkansas 102, LeMoyne-Owen 69 (Blog)

Courtney Fortson, Rotnei Clarke and Marshawn Powell had big nights in the Hogs' 33-point exhibition win.

Arkansas 102, LeMoyne-Owen 69 (Final)

Powell's emphatic jam with 1:21 remaining gave the Hogs triple digits. He finished the night with 18 points and nine rebounds and would be the HI choice for player of the game.

Clarke finished with a team-high 21 points and Fortson added 18. Washington finished with 11 points and seven boards.

Dudley will be back shortly with a game story and I'll have some postgame reaction. Stay tuned.

Arkansas 96, LeMoyne-Owen 64 (3:59 second half)

No wonder Brandon Mitchell committed to play basketball for LSU as a sophomore - the year after the Tigers went to the Final Four. The quarterback-turned shooting guard has scored eight points in his brief time on the court and has quickly become a crowd favorite. Imagine what he could do after he actually goes through more than one practice.

Clarke is the Hogs' leading scorer with 21 points but looks like he's finished for the night. Julysses Nobles has scored four points and added a team-high seven assists.

Arkansas 85, LeMoyne-Owen 62 (7:52 second half)

Brandon Mitchell made his first appearance at the 9:58 mark for the Razorbacks. The freshman from Amite, La., received a large ovation when he came into the game and it is his first action of the preseason. His breakaway jam with 8:09 left brought the few thousand in attendance to their feet and gave the Hogs their largest lead of the night at 23 points.

He is coming off a hernia surgery last month but has been cleared to play and practice with the football team since.

Another freshman, Powell, continues to have a good performance in his first game back from an illness. The forward took a seat at the 8:47 mark with 16 points and seven rebounds.

Arkansas has outscored LeMoyne-Owen 34-13 since the break.

Arkansas 71, LeMoyne-Owen 55 (11:31 second half)

Arkansas' defensive intensity has picked up in the second half. The Hogs have held the Magicians to just six points on 3-of-19 shooting after the break.

The Hogs seem to have an extra step after the intermission as well starting the half on an 18-4 run. Fortson and Clarke are leading the Razorbacks with 18 points each and Powell and Washington have added 11 apiece.

Glenn Bryant has been awesome on the defensive end for the second outing in a row with five blocks unofficially and five rebounds. Arkansas a team has eight blocked shots.

Arkansas 51, LeMoyne-Owen 49 (Halftime)

Arkansas is in a dogfight tonight at Bud Walton Arena. Each time it seems the Razorbacks are about to pull away, LeMoyne-Owen makes a run.

Prime example was right out of the last timeout. Arkansas went on a 7-0 run to build an eight-point lead before a three-point play and 3-point shot brought the Magicians back to within two. Rebounding has been the problem for Arkansas, which is down 27-17 in that category at the break.

LeMoyne-Owen has 12 second-chance points. Arkansas has done its damage off turnovers with 17 points and 10 steals.

Courtney Fortson caught fire late in the first half, scoring nine points over a 3-minute span to end the frame. He has 16 points at the break to go along with Clarke's 12 and Washington's nine.

Arkansas 42, LeMoyne-Owen 39 (3:35 first half)

The Magicians have worked their magic and found a way into this game. LeMoyne-Owen used a 17-5 run to pull to within 40-39 with 4:28 remaining.

Senior guard Maurice Mickens has led LeMoyne-Owen with 14 points and four rebounds. The Magicians have been relentless on the boards with 10 second-chance points.

Arkansas 35, LeMoyne-Owen 28 (7:50 first half)

First, a correction. That big guy in the middle of the Arkansas lineup with the last name Washington would now like to be referred to as just "Mike". Washington has been referred to by his shortened first name both by the public address announcer, John George, and in the game notes tonight. Mike Washington has seven points.

Arkansas' guard play has been good thus far. Clarke has scored 12 points and Courtney Fortson has added six points, including a dunk.

The Razorbacks' fast start has turned ugly in a hurry. The Hogs have missed 15 of their last 22 shots after leading by as many as 14 points.

Arkansas 16, LeMoyne-Owen 4 (15:56 first half)

Arkansas is off to a much better start tonight than Monday. The Razorbacks scored the game's first six points and raced to a 16-2 lead before a bucket and foul by the Magicians brought us to our first media timeout.

Rotnei Clarke has eight points and is 2-for-2 from 3-point range and Michael Washington has added six more to the Razorback cause.

Arkansas is 6-for-7 from the floor early on and has forced four turnovers leading to eight points.

Pregame

A few quick thoughts and observations early tonight.

First, Marshawn Powell is back in uniform and is expected to play after missing Monday's game with a fever and flu-like symptoms. His left hand is still heavily bandaged. Brandon Mitchell is on the bench again tonight. No word yet as to if he has been cleared for participation.

Stefan Welsh once again is not on the bench as he is still serving an indefinite suspension.

Starting lineup for the Razorbacks includes Powell, Michael Washington, Rotnei Clarke, Jemal Farmer and Julysses Nobles.

As expected there is a very small crowd in attendance again tonight, comparable to Monday's exhibition with Dillard.



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