Or better yet, the University of Arkansas basketball team simply gave South Carolina Four-plus Minutes of Hell.
Marshawn Powell had 26 points and eight rebounds and the SEC Western Division leading Razorbacks roared out of the locker room at halftime and blitzed the Gamecocks 92-79 before an approving crowd of 13,175 fans.
The Razorbacks (14-12, 7-4) turned a 7-point halftime lead into a 60-39 advantage by the time Courtney Fortson buried a 3-pointer with 14:26 left in the game.
"I thought they (Arkansas players) came out with a tremendous effort to start that second half," UA head coach John Pelphrey said. "I don't know how long it lasted…but I thought Courtney and Marshawn and just all the guys – but those two guys in particular – really played well. We were able to defend and get some steals, rebound the basketball…It was important it happened that way."
South Carolina (14-11, 5-6) – the only team to beat Kentucky this season – had only seven turnovers at halftime, but eight in the five-minute knockout punch in the second half that resulted in a flurry of dunks and easy lay-ups for the home team.
"The start of the second half where they just got easy basket after easy basket after easy basket was ultimately too much for us to overcome," Horn said. "That stretch at the end of the first half and at the start of the second half just were too many easy baskets given up and too much for us to overcome on the road."
The spree actually started with Razorback junior Marcus Britt stripping Gamecock star Devan Downey with 10 seconds left in the half and putting in a lay-up for a 40-33 advantage.
That was the cap of a surge that busted open a 27-27 game at one time.
"That was huge," Pelphrey said. "I am not sure what they play was before that – I think we may have missed an opportunity…He kind of turned his head and it's tough for a point guard at the end of the first half going on. It's like the Vanderbilt thing for a player to have to turn around and see what is going on.
"Marcus saw it and I guess Devan was dribbling the ball instead of holding the ball the whole time – it wasn't as if he had a live dribble left," Pelphrey added. "That was big. You're up five and they have a chance to cut it to two or three and it stays seven. That was a big, big momentum lift for us."
Horn said Downey's miscue right before halftime was all on him.
"That was my fault," Horn said. "I tried to change the play and Devan looked to get the call. Nobody picks Devan Downey's pocket. That was my fault."
Downey – a candidate for player of the year in the SEC – had 28 points, but 20 of those points came after his team got down by 21 points.
He was also just 10-of-27 from the field on the night when the Razorbacks shot 54.5 percent from the field and the Gamecocks just 44.9 percent.
Both he and Fortson ended the night with a whopping eight turnovers each.
"He gets so much attention and I thought we did a really good job on him," Pelphrey said. "We held him to a ‘mere' 28. That just tells you how good he is. I thought the guys did very, very well and he only had 8 at halftime."
Powell had plenty of help with Fortson pouring in 19 points, grabbing nine rebounds and dishing out eight assists, Rotnei Clarke tossing in 13 points, Britt 12 points and reserve center Delvon Johnson scoring five points and grabbing a career high 10 rebounds.
That allowed the Razorbacks to take over sole possession of first place again in the SEC West after Mississippi State lost to Kentucky Tuesday night in overtime.
"Certainly we would rather be there than anywhere else," Pelphrey said. "But we are understanding of how tough are schedule is the rest of the way."
Powell was dominant early on and said that his teammates – especially Fortson - had challenged him during the day to be so.
"They told me I was due for a 20-point game," Powell said. "I just went out there and tried as hard as a I could and shots was fouling and they just couldn't do anything we me inside."
Fortson said "it was basically the buzz of the day."
"Watching film and looking at the match-ups, just knowing that he has a lot of ability and is hard to stop 1-on-1 with him and big Mike down there," Fortson said.
Powell's 26 points tied his best effort in an SEC game and was just three points shy of his career high against Appalachian State earlier this year.
"He got off to a good start," Pelphrey said. "They started small and we were able to get some very good opportunities with him early. In one or two bounces, he was in front of the rim, was very, very strong, played off his two feet and got his best shot. Pretty impressive."
Johnson's 10 rebounds was by far his best effort on the boards this season and more than doubled his previous high game of four boards.
"In the second half, part of our ability to get an extended lead was not only playing good defense, but getting the rebound," Pelphrey said. "Those 10 rebounds was a big deal and he had a nice catch and finish in that one run off an unbelievable pass by Courtney. Delvon needs to continue to work and get better, but tonight we don't win without him."
That was good because senior center Michael Washington only played a foul-plagued 13 minutes while scoring eight points and not grabbing a board.
"We were fortunate," Pelphrey said. "We certainly don't want to try that Saturday or the rest of the year. But it is good to see somebody else step up."
Washington's points did allow him to become only the fourth Razorback in history to score 1,000 points, grab 600 rebounds and block 100 shots in a career.
"I really am proud of him," Pelphrey said. "He is a Razorback through and through. Loves his school, loves his state. Those are going to be some milestones that is going to mean a lot to him when he gets older."
Pelphrey was not surprised his team responded from Saturday's loss at Alabama or to respond in a positive manner.
"It is important that those guys take ownership in the team," Pelphrey said. "There is a reason we work so hard. Those guys feel like they are paying a price and can hold each other accountable. I think as we go along here and our talent level continues to grow that is going to be a big piece of our program – guys continuing to take ownership in it. It is their and it is going to be their alma mater where they played ball and they need to understand it is not just another jersey, but a special piece of cloth."
Downey was just 3-of-11 in the opening half and had eight points while Fortson was 1-of-6 and had just four points.
Sam Muldrow had 23 points and eight rebounds for South Carolina while Brandon Railey Ross had 16 points.
Arkansas will now head to Auburn for a 6 p.m. game on Saturday night. The Razorbacks beat Auburn 82-79 in overtime on Feb. 6.
Courtney Fortson stretches for the basket.
Delvon Johnson puts home a dunk.
Courtney Fortson races up the floor with Devan Downey left on the floor.
Marshawn Powell taps in a basket.
Powell scored 26 against the Gamecocks.
Devan Downey scored 28, but he took 28 shots.
Photos by Marc F. Hennning