Arkansas 71, Delaware State 53 (Blog)

Mike Washington and Marshawn Powell were big on the inside for Arkansas as the Hogs improved to 4-5.

Arkansas 71, Delaware State 53 (Final)

Powell finished with a game-high 21 points and nine rebounds and Rotnei Clarke added 14 points on 4 of 6 shooting from 3-point range.

Mike Washington added eight points and three rebounds after struggling with foul trouble in the first half.

A 14-2 run midway through the second half blew the game open and Arkansas led by as many as 22 points.

Arkansas shot a season-best 66 percent from the floor and held Delaware State to 29 percent from the field. The Hogs hit 8 of 13 shots from 3-point range.

The Razorbacks are now 4-5 on the season and the Hornets drop to 4-3 with the loss.

Arkansas 51, Delaware State 35 (7:54 second half)

Arkansas used a 9-0 run to build a 16-point lead and Powell's basket and foul just before the latest media timeout has regained the game's largest lead.

Powell has 20 points and six rebounds for the Razorbacks, leading the team in both categories.

Marcus Neal leads Delaware State with 15 points and five boards.

Arkansas 44, Delaware State 33 (11:40 second half)

It has been a fairly uneventful second half thus far. Arkansas didn't hit its first field goal in the half until the 14:34 mark, but despite that the Hornets haven't gotten any closer than six points.

Since that basket we've seen a little more aggressiveness on the offensive end, mainly out of Mike Washington. He was embarrassed on the defensive end, having a rebound stripped away from him by a guard. He responded with a pair of baskets on the other end in consecutive possessions. After scoring no points in a short first half because of fouls, he has six points and three rebounds.

Arkansas 34, Delaware State 23 (Halftime)

Rotnei Clarke hit a pair of 3-pointers in the last three minutes - his first points of the game - and the Hogs have built an 11-point halftime lead.

Powell leads all scorers at the break with 14 points and has a pair of rebounds. Clarke and Delvon Johnson have added six points apiece for the Razorbacks.

Arkansas 24, Delaware State 15 (3:58 first half)

Back-to-back 3-pointers from Powell and Stefan Welsh has given the Razorbacks a nine-point lead going into the final media timeout of the first half.

It has been a sloppy first half with Arkansas committing five turnovers and forcing seven.

The Razorbacks are 10 of 20 from the floor and the Hornets are 5 of 19.

Mike Washington picked up his second personal foul with 9:18 to go in the half and Jemal Farmer with 8:31 left. Neither have returned since. Neither have scored.

Arkansas 15, Delaware State 10 (10:09 first half)

The Hogs lead in large part to an early 11-2 run out of the gate. Marshawn Powell was instrumental in the stretch, scoring nine points after hitting a free throw out of the first media timeout.

Pregame

In front of perhaps the smallest crowd ever to witness an Arkansas basketball game at Bud Walton Arena, the Razorbacks will host Delaware State tonight in their final game before a nine-day layoff for final exams. There might be 3,000 people just seconds before tip-off. Maybe.

Mike Washington returns tonight for his second-consecutive game after sitting two games with a back injury.

One note on the Razorbacks' Jan. 2 game with UAB in Fayetteville: It has been moved to an 11 a.m. tipoff to accommodate the football team's 4:30 p.m. kickoff in the Liberty Bowl later that day. It will be televised by the Razorback Sports Network.

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