Arkansas-South Alabama Blog

Arkansas looks to get back to .500 on the season and break a two-game losing skid against South Alabama at Bud Walton Arena. Michael Sanchez is back in the lineup; Mike Washington is out.

South Alabama 66, Arkansas 53 (3:47 second half)

The Jaguars used a 17-0 run to blow the game open and Arkansas hasn't found a way to respond.

Martino Brock has 17 points and two others have scored in double-figures for South Alabama. Rotnei Clarke has 17 for Arkansas' cause.

Julysses Nobles fouled out for Arkansas with 8:16 remaining. He had five points and no assists today.

South Alabama 53, Arkansas 40 (11:42 second half)

It's one step forward and two steps back for this basketball team. South Alabama is on a 13-0 run and Arkansas hasn't scored in more than four minutes.

Fouls on the offensive end are costing Arkansas dearly. Illegal screens have halted two of the last three possessions.

Arkansas 40, South Alabama 40 (15:35 second half)

South Alabama briefly took the lead in this half on a Martino Brock 3-point play with 16:31 to go, but Glenn Bryant's 3-pointer on the ensuing possession has tied the game again.

Arkansas 34, South Alabama 30 (Halftime)

Arkansas used a 22-1 run over a 5:02 stretch to take the lead.

Defense was the best in the last eight minutes of the first half as it has been at any point in the season. The Razorbacks forced 15 first half turnovers and scored 10 points off. Arkansas also held South Alabama without a basket for six minutes, 49 seconds after the Jaguars had hit a 3-pointer to take a 27-12 lead.

Clarke scored 11 points during the run for Arkansas; Glenn Bryant had four points; Stefan Welsh 3; Michael Sanchez and Jemal Farmer each added two.

Marshawn Powell has not played well in the first half after struggling the other night against East Tennessee State. The freshman has just two points on 0-for-5 shooting from the floor and 2-for-6 from the free throw line.

Arkansas 28, South Alabama 28 (3:31 first half)

Arkansas is using a relentless defense to ignite the fans in attendance and has tied the game.

The Hogs are currently on a 16-1 run thanks in large part to 12 forced turnovers. Remember those nine turnovers of their own in the first 10 minutes? Arkansas has had just one since.

Rotnei Clarke, Stefan Welsh, Michael Sanchez and Glenn Bryant have been the catalysts of the spurt. Bryant's lay-up on a nice back-door pass from Sanchez tied the game and Clarke will go to the free throw line looking to give the Hogs their first lead after the timeout.

Clarke has nine points and Welsh has six. South Alabama has missed 3 of 4 free throws during the run.

Very good basketball over the last eight minutes by the Razorbacks after trailing by as many as 16 points.

South Alabama 27, Arkansas 14 (7:22 first half)

The last four minutes were undoubtedly the best defensively of the game for Arkansas. Glenn Bryant is playing real well on that end of the floor, especially as the point man on the Razorback press.

The Hogs have forced eight turnovers today, including one just before the latest media timeout under the South Alabama basket.

Sanchez made his first appearance with 9:19 to go but it appears he will be used sparingly.

South Alabama 20, Arkansas 5 (11:19 first half)

Arkansas didn't hit its first shot of the game until the 12:41 mark on a Julysses Nobles 3-pointer. That remains the Hogs' only basket thus far as Arkansas has gone just 1 of 7 from the field.

South Alabama on the other hand has benefited from Razorback turnovers, scoring 13 of its points off nine miscues. The Jaguars used a 9-0 run to build a 15-2 lead and the 15-point lead is the largest of the game.

John Pelphrey was assessed a technical foul with 15:17 left in the half for arguing what looked to be goal-tending on South Alabama.

South Alabama 9, Arkansas 2 (15:33 first half)

Another ugly start for the Razorbacks today. Arkansas turned the ball over six times in the first four minutes and has hit just two free throws. South Alabama has taken advantage scoring 12 points off those turnovers.

Pregame

Mike Washington will miss today's game with a back injury sustained in pregame shootaround. He left the arena shortly before the game.

Michael Sanchez returns today for the Razorbacks. It will be the first time he has played all season after sitting out the exhibition season and first five games of the regular season with plantar fasciitis.

South Alabama enters the game with a 5-2 record on the season. The Jaguars - who John Pelphrey coached prior to Arkansas - lost to the Razorbacks 79-77 last season in Mobile, Ala. Stefan Welsh hit a 3-pointer with two seconds left in that game to lift Arkansas.

Something to watch today will be the play of Rotnei Clarke, who is averaging 28.2 points per game, good for third nationally in that category. For the season Clarke has hit an astounding 33 of 51 shots from 3-point range.

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