Arkansas-ETSU Blog

Rotnei Clarke and Arkansas looks to get back above .500 in the 2009-10 season tonight with a home match-up against East Tennessee State, but the Hogs are having trouble with their second mid-major opponent in as many outings.

ETSU 79, Arkansas 69 (3:43 second half)

It appears the Bucs withstood the Hogs' spurt and barring a miraculous comeback in the closing minutes will pull out the second upset win this week in Bud Walton Arena.

Clarke has 26 points for the Razorbacks and his treys have repeatedly cut the lead to single-digits only to see ETSU respond with a 3-point basket of its own. This time, it was a Justin Tubbs trey with 4:13 left to answer Clarke's latest long jumper that had cut the lead to seven.

Farmer fouled out as we were heading into the timeout. He finishes the night with 13 points and five rebounds.

ETSU 71, Arkansas 65 (7:58 second half)

There's the run we've been waiting for. It was sparked by an intentional foul against JC Ward on a hard foul on Mike Washington.

The Razorback center made 1 of 2 free throws and a Stef Welsh 3-pointer puled the Razorbacks within 11.

Arkansas has continued to whittle away at the lead with a Powell turnaround jumper and Clarke trey pulling the Hogs within six. Julysses Nobles took a charge just before the latest media timeout to give the Razorbacks the ball and Justin Tubbs his fourth personal foul.

ETSU 64, Arkansas 51 (10:58 second half)

It's certainly not a lack of effort on Arkansas' part that is keeping the Razorbacks down here in the second half. The Hogs have twice cut the lead to nine points, but an untimely foul or a costly turnover, or second-chance basket kills momentum.

If Arkansas is to have any chance to crawl back into this game it will probably need to happen during this next four-minute stretch.

ETSU 58, Arkansas 46 (14:55 second half)

Better start out of the locker rooms, but a Buccaneer 3-point basket just before the current timeout has allowed ETSU to regain a double-digit lead.

Arkansas' 7-0 run capped by Clarke's fifth 3-pointer of the night pulled the Razorbacks as close as nine points before the Buccaneers used their second timeout of the half.

As bad as Arkansas played in teh first half, the Hogs still have a fighter's chance.

ETSU 48, Arkansas 32 (Halftime)

Not much to say about this one but "yuck".

That was about as bad a first half as we've seen from Arkansas inside Bud Walton Arena in a long, long time.

The Razorbacks are just 11-of-27 from the floor, have committed six turnovers and allowed the Buccaneers to shoot 57 percent from the floor; 70 percent from 3-point range.

Clarke leads the Razorbacks with 11 points. Hubbard leads all scorers with 19 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field.

ETSU 39, Arkansas 29 (3:45 first half)

The Bucs' run eventually extended to 18-1 to take a nine-point lead and the lead eventually went to 12 points.

It's a 10-point game now. Rebounding is again a problem for Arkansas. The Razorbacks are being out-rebounded 17-8 at this point.

Tommy Hubbard leads all scorers for ETSU with 15 on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor.

ETSU 30, Arkansas 23 (7:55 first half)

East Tennessee State's 16-1 run has given the Buccaneers a 30-23 lead at the under eight-minute timeout.

The Bucs took the lead by hitting 3-pointers on four consecutive trips down the floor, eventually extending the lead to 28-23 before an Arkansas timeout at the 9:13 mark.

For the night, ETSU is 11-of-16 from the field, including 5-of-7 from beyond the arc.

Arkansas 19, ETSU 14 (11:51 first half)

Arkansas is up five thanks in large part to another great start from Rotnei Clarke. The sophomore has scored 11 points on 3-of-4 shots from 3-point range and leads all scorers.

The Razorbacks have not trailed tonight. Jemal Farmer is off to a good start as well with six points, three rebounds and an electrifying dunk that has energized this small crowd early on.

Pregame

Arkansas freshman Brandon Mitchell has decided to leave the basketball program, we learned just prior to tip-off. Mitchell cited the desire to focus on just one sport instead of two. Given Bobby Petrino's demand on quarterbacks in spring practice.

"We are grateful to Brandon for the time he spent with the basketball team," Arkansas coach John Pelphrey said. "He is a fantastic young man who did everything we asked of him while with us. I wish him the best in his football career."

As for tonight's game, there is a small crowd on hand - probably near the 7,500 averaged the last couple of outings.

East Tennessee State was an NCAA Tournament team in 2008-09. Should be another good test for the young Razorbacks.

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