This was a big win for the Razorbacks. The team showed a little something tonight. Despite giving up a 20-point lead to an experienced Appalachian State team, Arkansas hung tough and won in overtime. That builds good chemistry and good confidence going down the road.
Remember this is much of the same Appalachian State team that beat a more experienced Razorback club two years ago in North Little Rock. That has to amount to something.
Turnovers hurt Arkansas tonight. It wasn't as if the Razorbacks shot the ball poorly - they finished 26-of-52 from the field.
Going forward Arkansas is going to need to get Rotnei Clarke more shots and John Pelphrey acknowledged that after the game. Clarke didn't take a shot for 25 minutes, 53 seconds at one point tonight. That has to change for your leading scorer, no matter what defense is being played.
We continue to be impressed with the play of Marshawn Powell. In spite of Mike Washington's tough start to the season, Powell has scored 17, 15 and 29, and grabbed 11, 11 and seven rebounds. If he continues to grow and develop he could be something real special by the end of the year.
Arkansas 81, Appalachian State 72 (Final)
Powell finished with a career-high 29 points and seven rebounds and the Hogs outscored the Mountaineers 13-4 in the extra frame.
Rotnei Clarke had 16 points. Mike Washington had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Jemal Farmer added 12 points in the win.
Donald Sims led ASU with 17 points.
We'll have much more later on.
Arkansas 73, Appalachian State 68 (3:53 overtime)
Marshawn Powell's 3-pointer to start the extra frame and Mike Washington's lay-up with 4:06 left has given Arkansas a five-point lead.
We are in a timeout thanks to Clarke's hustle on a steal on the last possession. The Razorbacks will in-bound in the backcourt.
Arkansas 68, Appalachian State 68 (End of Regulation)
Josh Hunter's 3-point basket with 5.6 seconds left tied the game and Rotnei Clarke's off-balanced shot at the buzzer went no good and we're heading into our first overtime game this season.
Stephen Cox missed a pair of free throws with Arkansas up three with 21 seconds left that might have iced the game.
Marshawn Powell has 24 points and seven rebounds at the end of regulation for Arkansas. Hunter has nine points and 10 boards for the Mountaineers.
Arkansas 65, Appalachian State 60 (2:33 second half)
Arkansas took the lead on a Julysses Nobles 3-pointer with 7:08 left to go up 55-53 and hasn't trailed since.
Marshawn Powell has been a catalyst of the run with four points after returning from a stint on the bench with four fouls.
Rotnei Clarke still does not have a field goal attempt in this half. In fact, his last shot came at the 6:50 mark of the first half with ASU playing primarily a box-and-1 on the sophomore since the break.
Appalachian State 53, Arkansas 51 (7:35 second half)
The Mountaineers' comeback is complete as they now lead Arkansas by two points at the under-eight minute media timeout.
All this has come with Isaac Butts sitting on the bench with four fouls. ASU has outscored Arkansas 30-13 since halftime.
To make matters worse for Arkansas, Marshawn Powell (18 points, six rebounds) picked up his fourth personal foul with 9:29 left. He is back in the game, however.
Arkansas 51, Appalachian State 47 (11:18 second half)
Appalachian State has hit 10-of-15 shots to start the second half while the Razorbacks have hit just 4-of-10.
Arkansas has turned the ball over four times in this half as well. Butts took a seat at the last media timeout for the Mountaineers and has not returned. The Razorbacks need to take advantage of that empty space in the middle of the floor the next few minutes.
Arkansas 44, Appalachian State 40 (15:07 second half)
Appalachian State looks like Arkansas did the start the second half the other night in St. Louis. The Mountaineers are currently on an 8-0 run and have outscored Arkansas 17-6 to start the second half.
Offensive rebounding has been the key again for the Mountaineers, who have four more early on here in the second half. One thing to watch is foul trouble for Appalachian State's two big men. Isaac Butts (seven points, four rebounds) has four fouls and Josh Hunter (six points, nine boards) has three fouls.
Arkansas 38, Appalachian State 23 (Halftime)
Marshawn Powell has 16 points and four rebounds and Rotnei Clarke has added 11 points as Arkansas leads Appalachian State by 15 at the break.
The Mountaineers have scored three fewer points and hit just one more field goal than Alcorn State did here last Friday night in the first half. Appalachian State hit just 8-of-34 field goals in the first half. Arkansas is 13-of-22 at the break, including 4-of-8 from the 3-point range.
Arkansas 30, Appalachian State 14 (6:22 first half)
Arkansas' run ended at 21-0. Rotnei Clarke has scored 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting and Marshawn Powell has added 12 points and two rebounds.
While he has only three points, Mike Washington has added six rebounds and three assists.
Back to Clarke for a second, he has hit all three of his 3-point attempts tonight. That makes him 19-of-27 from beyond-the-arc this season. I don't have official stats, but I can't imagine any player in school history has ever started on that type of pace.
Arkansas 21, Appalachian State 4 (11:14 first half)
Arkansas is on a 21-0 run after falling behind 4-0 out of the gates. The run was sparked by 12 points from Marshawn Powell, who was already in double-digits less than five minutes into the game. Rotnei Clarke added a pair of 3-point baskets during the stretch as well.
If you'll remember two years ago when the Razorbacks played the Mountaineers in North Little Rock, offensive rebounding was a problem for an experienced Arkansas frontcourt consisting of Darian Townes, Charles Thomas and Steven Hill. That has been a problem again tonight early on as the Mountaineers have already grabbed five offensive boards. The difference? Appalachian State is just 2-of-15 shooting tonight as opposed to shooting lights out two years ago. Arkansas struggled that afternoon. The Hogs are 7-of-12 tonight.
Not much to report from press row beforehand.
As mentioned earlier in the week, Glenn Bryant returns tonight from suspension tonight.
Arkansas' starting lineup includes Mike Washington, Jemal Farmer, Rotnei Clarke, Julysses Nobles and Marshawn Powell.
Very small crowd on hand tonight. This might be smaller than the estimated 7,700 for the opener against Alcorn State last Friday night.
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