Two more happened on Monday night when someone named Alibaba Odd showed up at Bud Walton Arena and – poof – the University of Arkansas won back-to-back games for the first time since January.
Marshawn Powell had 21 points and 9 rebounds and Rotnei Clarke 14 as the Razorbacks shot 65.9 percent from the field – including 81 percent in the second half - while downing Delaware State 71-53 Monday night before 6,628 fans at Bud Walton Arena.
"We are obviously happy to win," Arkansas head coach John Pelphrey said. "It has been a long, hard grind here to this point and time and hopefully the (finals) break comes at a good time for us."
It was the second win in three days for the Razorbacks (4-5), who will not get back to action until a Dec. 16th home game with Alabama State as finals roll around.
Arkansas had not won back-to-back games since downing North Texas and the University of Texas back in early January.
"I'd like to see more fans in the stands and maybe that's our job to get them there," Clarke said.
Arkansas hit 27 of its 41 attempts and 8 of 13 from 3-point range on the night – making 4 of 5 3-pointers and 11 of 14 shots overall after intermission.
"We felt like we could capitalize a little bit if we could get a little bit of movement," Pelphrey said, "because they do a lot of switching and you can get the ball to certain spots and be able to go inside. I think Marshawn did a good job a couple of times.
"I think for us, though, it wasn't so much half-court offense as it was being able to defend, rebound and get on the break," Pelphrey added. "That is where we had a lot of success. We talked about letting our defense and our rebounding be our best offense tonight and if you go back and chart it, I think that is where we got most of our points."
Marcus Neal had 18 points and 7 rebounds and Jay Threatt 11 while freshman guard Odd had 5 points, for the Hornets (4-3) – who shot 34 percent from the floor and really tried to slow the tempo.
"It is obviously a very challenging style of play," Pelphrey said. "…We knew exactly what we were going to be dealing with – somebody being able to handle the basketball and get deep in the clock and get the guys they wanted shooting the basketball."
Frisco Sandidge, Delaware State's leading scorer at 15 points a game, was held scoreless in the game while being a focal point of Arkansas' defense.
"This kid Sandidge is their leading scorer and you look at the numbers – is that right? – he gets a doughnut," Pelphrey said. "That's pretty good from our side of that and I didn't realize that. We tried when he got the ball to get two guys on top of him. Good for us being able to deliver on the game-plan, but there are a lot of places to get better."
Micheal Washington added 8 points for Arkansas while Delvon Johnson and Britt both added 7 points.
The Razorbacks moved out to a 15-6 lead on Britt's steal and lay-up with 11:37 left in the first half.
Delaware State did make a spirited run to get back within 3 later in the first half, but Johnson's jumper pushed the Razorbacks up 31-19 with 2:11 remaining before intermission.
Odd's basket did cut it to 31-23 before halftime.
Arkansas didn't really take control of the game completely until a 9-0 run boosted the Razorbacks ahead 49-33 on Rotnei Clarke's jumper of one of Stefan Welsh's 6 assists.
That spree extended to a 14-2 one that was capped by Marcus Britt's 3-pointer that made it 54-35 with 6:51 left in the game.
The largest lead of the night was on Michael Washington's dunk that made it 60-38 with just 4:23 showing on the clock.
"We came in with a plan – as much as possible – to try and keep them out of transition," Delaware State head coach Greg Jackson said. "The first part of the second half we allowed them to get into transition and they got some easy looks."
Rotnei Clarke hit 4 3-pointers.
Marshawn Powell looks to score inside.
Delvon Johnson slams one home.