WHY ARKANSAS WON: Arkansas’ leading scorers – BJ Young and Marshawn Powell – struggled throughout much of Thursday’s game. But the two came through when Arkansas needed them most. Powell made a 3-pointer with 1:58 left to tie the game after the Razorbacks fell behind for the first time. He also made a layup (and missed the free-throw that followed) to give the Hogs a 60-58 lead with 46 seconds remaining. Young then won it for the Hogs (17-9, 8-5 in Southeastern Conference) with a twisting scoop shot with 6 seconds left.
WHY GEORGIA LOST: Georgia coach Mark Fox said his team didn’t show much courage in the first half and it proved to be the difference in the game. The Bulldogs started slow and trailed 28-18 at the break. Leading scorer Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was scoreless in the first half and the Bulldogs (12-14, 6-7 in SEC) were just 4-for-22 from the field. Half of Georgia’s points in the first half came from the free-throw line.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Arkansas guard Anthlon Bell had scored 18 points in SEC play entering Thursday’s game. But the freshman came off the bench and became the difference in the game. Bell scored a career-high 17 points on 6-for-10 shooting. He was 5-for-8 from 3-point range. Bell became the first Razorback to make five in a game since Mardracus Wade in last season’s loss at Georgia.
STAT OF THE GAME: Arkansas led throughout most of Thursday’s win, building as much as a 13-point lead against the Bulldogs. But there was plenty of drama down the stretch. Georgia’s Brandon Morris tied the game for the first time at 41-41 with two free throws at the 9:40 mark. The score was tied eight more times over the final 7:47. It finally ended when Young made his late layup and Georgia’s Vincent Williams missed his last-second attempt to give the Razorbacks a 62-60 win.
QUOTE OF THE GAME: “We’re finding ways to win. That’s what good teams do. We continue to get better. We continue to have other guys step in and really help our basketball team win. That’s a good thing. This game was played at Georgia’s pace and we found a way to win. That’s a good sign.” — Arkansas coach Mike Anderson
UP NEXT: Arkansas will go back on the road for, arguably, its toughest test of the season Saturday. Florida (21-4, 11-2 in SEC) will get another crack at the Razorbacks after suffering its first conference loss in Fayetteville on Feb. 5. As if the revenge factor wasn’t enough, the Gators enter Saturday’s game coming off another loss after falling at Missouri on Tuesday night. Arkansas is 2-8 against the Gators in Gainesville, Fla., but haven’t won in the building since the 1994-95 season.
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau