Baylor 70, Arkansas 47 (Blog)

NORTH LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas can't hang with Baylor in the second half in yet another loss on the banks of the Arkansas River.

Baylor 70, Arkansas 47 (Final)

We said coming into the game that Baylor's length could be too much for Arkansas to overcome and that was the case in the second half. The Bears finished the night with 12 blocked shots and held Arkansas to just 21 percent shooting after the intermission.

Ekpe Udoh had 8 points, 15 rebounds and 8 blocked shots for the Bears and LaceDarius Dunn had a game-high 19 points.

Marshawn Powell finished with a team-high 14 points for the Razorbacks and Clarke added 13. Jemal Farmer recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Arkansas coach John Pelphrey said following the game there was no new information on Courtney Fortson or Michael Sanchez. He said Washington had been in serious pain the last 24 hours but willed himself to try and play in the second half. Washington didn't play past about the 9-minute mark, though, and Pelphrey said he will be listed day-to-day.

Arkansas is now 4-6 in its last 10 games at this venue and split the neutral home-and-home series that started with the Bears a couple of years ago in Dallas.

The Hogs will next face No. 24 UAB on Saturday in Bud Walton Arena. The tip for that game is scheduled for 11 a.m. to accommodate fans wanting to watch both that game and the Liberty Bowl later that afternoon.

Baylor 66, Arkansas 44 (2:12 second half)

I'll add some thoughts later after the press conference, but it's clear Arkansas didn't come to play int the second half. Baylor has whipped the Hogs on both ends of the floor and then some. The only points (all 13) in this half have come from newcomers in Marshawn Powell, Glenn Bryant and Jemal Farmer. It is one of the worst second halves I've seen Arkansas play.

The Razorbacks will fall to 7-6 on the season and a five-game win streak is over. It doesn't get any easier with a pair of top 25 opponents rolling into Fayetteville in the next week.

Baylor 53, Arkansas 42 (6:55 second half)

Words can't hardly describe how bad Arkansas has played in the second half. The Razorbacks have been outscored 19-11 through the first 13 minutes of the half and trail big late.

The Baylor zone and length on the inside have been partly to blame with several blocked or altered shots, but unforced turnovers have taken their toll as well.

The Hogs can't seem to catch a break this season and this game has been a mirror of the year thus far. They'll need to catch a few soon or the crowd of 11,162 will go home unhappy.

Baylor 45, Arkansas 35 (11:46 second half)

Well, if there ever were a time for a run this would be it for the Razorbacks. Arkansas has scored just five points since the intermission and trails by nine almost midway through the second half.

Baylor 43, Arkansas 34 (14:34 second half)

Washington checked into the game for the first time with 16:49 remaining and Arkansas trailing by 10 points. He has made a couple of nice hustle plays so far but the Bears still have a sizable lead.

Baylor 34, Arkansas 31 (Halftime)

The biggest news coming out of halftime is that Mike Washington might be able to play in the second half. The senior spent the entire 15-minute halftime running, stretching, shooting in the back. He ran out with the team for shootaround in the second half.

Dunn leads all scorers with 14 points at the break and Clarke has 13 for the Razorbacks.

Despite the drastic size difference Arkansas still out-rebounded Baylor 20-13 in the first half and grabbed twice as many offensive rebounds as the Bears.

Baylor 28, Arkansas 24 (3:37 first half)

Arkansas took a brief lead on Jemal Farmer's jumper with 6:45 left but the Bears have outscored the Hogs 7-2 since and own a four-point lead shortly before the intermission.

Dunn has 14 points so far to lead Baylor and Clarke's eight points lead the Hogs.

We don't have access to stats here like back in Fayetteville but will have some more to pass along at halftime.

Arkansas 19, Baylor 19 (9:52 first half)

Rotnei Clarke could be the zone buster Arkansas needs. Clarke has hit back-to-back 3-pointers to tie the game at the second media timeout. He has eight points in all.

The Hogs are on a 10-2 run. It all started when an overzealous Quincy Acy was called for a technical foul following a blocked shot for the Bears.

The crowd - Arkansas' largest this season - is really into the game now.

Baylor 17, Arkansas 9 (14:17 first half)

Baylor has two clear advantages over Arkansas tonight. The first is size on the inside and the second LaceDarius Dunn. Dunn has three 3-pointers already as the Bears have built an eight-point lead.

Washington is stretching out on the sideline and would desperately like to get in, but he just can't run from what we've been told. He has not sat down on the bench the entire game.


Arkansas will be without Courtney Fortson for the 13th consecutive game. We are no longer calling it an indefinite suspension, but instead a leave of absence. We'll try to get some clarity following the game.

Bigger news could be that the Razorbacks will also likely be minus Mike Washington, who didn't practice yesterday and didn't go through today's walkthrough with a back injury. He attempted to go through some pregame warm-ups and he is in uniform. Those we've spoken with do not expect him to play, though.

There is a very good crowd on hand tonight in central Arkansas. The game is being televised on ESPN2.

Tonight is the return game of Arkansas' game with Baylor two years ago in Dallas' American Airlines Center. The Razorbacks won that game 85-78.

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