Arkansas 92, South Carolina 79 (Blog)

In a game billed as a match-up of two of the SEC's top guards, Arkansas forward Marshawn Powell stole the show. The freshman scored 26 points as the Razorbacks took a one-game lead atop the SEC West.

Arkansas 92, South Carolina 79 (Final)

Arkansas hit its free throws down the stretch to keep the Gamecocks away and win its sixth game in seven tries. Arkansas now has a one-game lead atop the SEC West.

Powell led Arkansas with 26 points and eight rebounds. Courtney Fortson added 19 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.

Devan Downey got his points late. He finished with 28 points, many of which came in mop-up duty.

Arkansas improves to 14-12 overall and 7-4 in the SEC with the win. South Carolina falls to 14-11 overall and to 5-6 in league play.

We'll have more in a bit.

Arkansas 77, South Carolina 64 (3:46 second half)

Though Washington hit the career milestone, the story tonight has been Arkansas' other posts.

Powell has 26 points and seven rebounds and Delvon Johnson has added five points and 10 boards as the Hogs hold a double-digit lead with 3:46 to play. Washington picked up his fourth foul some time ago and has sat most of the game. He has four points and no rebounds.

If Arkansas can hang on, the Hogs will have a one-game lead in first place in the SEC West following Mississippi State's overtime loss to Kentucky last night.

Arkansas 71, South Carolina 56 (6:25 second half)

Arkansas still leads but the game has become extremely sloppy. Both teams now have 16 turnovers on the night and neither is shooting particularly well over the last several minutes.

One player that has been impressive tonight is Delvon Johnson. With Washington on the bench most of the night, Johnson has had a lot of minutes. He has five points and eight rebounds in that time.

Arkansas 64, South Carolina 47 (11:02 second half)

Mike Washington's jumper with 11:35 remaining has given him 1,000 points in his Razorback career.

Arkansas led by as many as 21 points at 60-39 on a Fortson 3-pointer. The Gamecocks cut that lead down to as close as 15 on a pair of Downey treys, but the Hogs seem to be in control right now.

Arkansas 57, South Carolina 39 (15:13 second half)

If you were bummed about the NBA's slam dunk contest over the weekend, come out to Bud Walton Arena tonight and we'll give you a show.

Arkansas is putting on a dunking exhibition off South Carolina turnovers. The Razorbacks have already forced eight Gamecock miscues in the second half and are on a 10-0 run to build the game's largest lead. Eight of those 10 points have come on lobs for dunks.

Powell is having a phenomenal night with 22 points. Also Courtney Fortson is nearing a triple-double with six points, six rebounds and seven assists.

Arkansas 40, South Carolina 33 (Halftime)

Arkansas finished the half on a 13-4 run, punctuated by Marcus Britt's steal and lay-up to end the half.

Powell has 16 points to lead all scorers at halftime. Rotnei Clarke has added eight points.

Sam Muldrow leads South Carolina with 10 points. Devan Downey has eight, but appeared to injure his ankle with about 1:55 left in the half. He didn't leave the game, though.

Arkansas 33, South Carolina 31 (3:18 first half)

Marshawn Powell and poor officiating has been the story in this one. The freshman has 16 points for the Razorbacks, who have a two-point lead.

The officiating has been spotty including a play just before the latest media timeout that left Courtney Fortson with a personal foul going after a loose ball. The crowd, while smaller than most this conference season, has been vocal to this point.

Arkansas used an 8-0 run to build a 33-27 lead, the largest lead for either team so far.

South Carolina 22, Arkansas 18 (11:16 first half)

The game might have been better billed as a match-up between Rotnei Clarke and Downey. The two have been impressive thus far with Clarke scoring eight points for the Razorbacks, along with Marshawn Powell's eight. Downey has six for the Gamecocks.

South Carolina 9, Arkansas 8 (15:32 first half)

Arkansas started well, building a 6-2 lead behind a pair of baskets from Marshawn Powell, but the Gamecocks have countered with a 7-2 run to take the lead at the game's first media timeout.

Powell has six points to lead Arkansas, while Sam Muldrow has scored five for the Gamecocks. Devan Downey has added four points early on.

Pregame

Arkansas and South Carolina are meeting up tonight in a game billed as a battle between two of the league's top guards.

South Carolina senior Devan Downey is leading the SEC at 22.8 points per game this season with Arkansas sophomore Courtney Fortson right behind at 19.7 points per game.

The game has significant impacts on the SEC standings as well. Arkansas (13-12, 6-4) has a half-game lead in the SEC West, while the Gamecocks (14-10, 5-5) are looking to stay above .500 in league play.

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