Oklahoma 67, Arkansas 47 (Blog)

Arkansas started well, but a late first half surge propelled Oklahoma to a strong second half and handed the Razorbacks their fourth consecutive loss.

Oklahoma 67, Arkansas 47 (Final)

Marshawn Powell had 12 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots for Arkansas and Rotnei Clarke added 11 points, but the Sooners won by 20.

Tony Crocker led all scorers for the Sooners with 16 points. Willie Warren and Tommy Mason-Griffin each added 13 for the Sooners and Cade Davis chipped in 11 points.

The two teams combined to play just 17 players on the night.

Arkansas falls to 2-5 on the season with its fourth consecutive loss. Oklahoma improves to 4-3.

Oklahoma 56, Arkansas 43 (3:56 second half)

Arkansas pulled to within eight on a Powell basket with 6:01 left but the Sooners have forced bad shots and are leading by 13 with just under four minutes left.

Missed free throws have kept the Razorbacks in this game. Willie Warren, who entered the game hitting 91 percent from the line, has hit just 2 of 6 tonight from the charity stripe. He will have another coming out of this timeout after a basket and foul.

Oklahoma 48, Arkansas 39 (7:51 second half)

Sparked by Stefan Welsh's 3-pointer as the shot clock expired with 10:25 left, Arkansas has gone on a 9-0 run to pull to within nine points.

Powell, who picked up his fourth personal foul with 18:01 left, returned at the 9:14 mark and has made an immediate impact with four points and two big rebounds.

Delvon Johnson has just fouled out, however, for the Razorbacks.

Oklahoma 46, Arkansas 30 (11:49 second half)

Arkansas went 6 minutes, 31 seconds without a field goal until Michael Sanchez' runner with 14:34 left. That is about all that has gone right for the Razorbacks in the second half as the short bench seems to be wearing down against the Sooners' four-guard lineup.

Arkansas isn't getting good looks on offense. The defense hasn't been horrible but the lack of offense makes ever Oklahoma basket that much more meaningful.

Oklahoma 39, Arkansas 28 (15:11 second half)

That rough end to the first half has carried over to the second half for the Razorbacks. Oklahoma used a 14-0 run to build a 12-point lead with 17:47 to go. The Sooners at one point hit seven of eight attempts from 3-point range.

To make matters worse for Arkansas, Marshawn Powell picked up his fourth personal foul with 18:01 left. He'll sit and look for Glenn Bryant to get substantial minutes after sitting out the good majority of the first half.

Arkansas has not hit a field goal since a Michael Sanchez lay-up at the 57-second mark of the first half.

A note on Oklahoma, Willie Warren picked up his third personal foul with 17:06 left.

Oklahoma 34, Arkansas 27 (Halftime)

Oklahoma got hot from 3-point range and used a 20-5 run to build a seven-point halftime lead. The Sooners hit six 3-pointers during the spurt - including one at the buzzer - with Willie Warren sitting on the bench with two fouls. Oklahoma has hit 7 of 15 shots from beyond the arc tonight.

Arkansas played near-flawless basketball for the first 16 minutes. Even down seven the Hogs have played a good game. They have a chance in the second half and that's all you can ask of a young team on the road. In some ways it's good the run came at the end of the first half as it will give them a chance to regroup in the locker room instead of just in a timeout. The 15 minutes off could cool things a bit.

Arkansas 21, Oklahoma 14 (3:48 first half)

Arkansas continues to play well. After the Sooners pulled within 15-14 the Hogs have gone on a 6-0 run, including a basket and foul from Michael Sanchez going into the timeout.

Clarke has started to heat up. He has six points after he has began to put the ball on the floor and drive to the basket.

Impressed with Powell's effort on the defensive side. He has two blocks tonight.

Arkansas 15, Oklahoma 12 (7:53 first half)

Arkansas has shown great patience until its last three possessions. Fortunately the Hogs have played good defense and still lead by three points.

That defense kept Oklahoma from scoring a basket for more than four minutes during a recent stretch.

Rotnei Clarke didn't score his first points until the 9:46 mark to give the Razorbacks a 15-8 lead, their largest of the game. Arkansas hasn't trailed.

Impressed by the minutes Marcus Britt gave off the bench. He really shut down Willie Warren during a three-minute stretch he was in the game. Warren, who scored 35 points in last season's contest, has not scored tonight.

Arkansas 13, Oklahoma 7 (11:41 first half)

The effort is good from Arkansas early on. Delvon Johnson made a nice block early. Jemal Farmer jumped a pass. Rotnei Clarke dove for a ball. Julysses Nobles drew a charge.

Rebounding has been much better. The Razorbacks didn't allow an offensive board until the 11:41 mark and have even grabbed a couple of their own.

After struggling mightily in losses to East Tennessee State and South Alabama, Marshawn Powell is off to a good start with six points and two boards. Jemal Farmer has also added five points. The Hogs have the lead despite Rotnei Clarke not scoring as he is drawing a relentless defense from the Sooners. Oklahoma is double and even triple-teaming Clarke when he gets the ball. To this point the Hogs have made a good job of getting the ball to other players.


Arkansas will be without senior center Mike Washington tonight. Washington will miss his second consecutive game with a back injury.

Obviously his absence opens up a need in the post. The Razorbacks will look for minutes from redshirt sophomore Michael Sanchez but his action will be limited. Arkansas coach John Pelphrey said he was sore for a couple of days after playing 16 minutes Sunday against South Alabama. Remember he didn't begin practicing until Saturday.

Marcus Britt returns tonight after serving a six-game suspension to begin the regular season. He should add some depth off the bench as well as some much-needed defense.

Willie Warren will play for Oklahoma (3-3) tonight after sitting out the Sooners' last game against Nicholls State.

Arkansas has never won a game at the Lloyd Noble Center and will look to snap that streak tonight.

The Razorbacks beat then-No. 4 Oklahoma 96-88 last season at Bud Walton Arena.

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