Comeback in SEC Opener on the Road Falls Short at The Hump

1/14/2010 11:10 PM

Starkville, MS - The Arkansas Razorbacks were down 19 points, 37-18, with 6:42 to play in the first half Thursday night at The Hump in Starkville, Mississippi.  It was the conference opener for the Hogs after a 9 day lay-off following a loss to then #2Texas in Fayetteville.  What happened at that 6:42 mark might just be the turning point Hogs fans and John Pelphrey have been waiting for.

No the Razorbacks didn't win, and John Pelphrey said his team did not come to Mississippi State for a moral victory.  Courtney Fortson and an in-your-face defense spurred the Arkansas comeback.  Marcus Britt and Fortson hit 2, 3 pointers each to close the half and the Hogs trailed the Dogs only 51-39.  Fortson would lead all scorers with 16 in the frist half in just his second game this year.

In the second half, true-freshman, Marshawn Powell stepped up big and ended the game with 25 points after only scoring 4 in the first 20 minutes.  

Arkansas had their chances cutting the Bulldog lead to five at 73-67 with 4:57 to play in the game after a Powell basket.  The Dogs would get 3 point shots from Barry Stweart and Dee Bost and Arkansas could not dig all the way out of the hole they were in.  

Arkansas would cut the MSU lead to 3 with 33.1 to play after a bucket by Michael Washington.  Britt would then foul Bost who went to the free throw line and make one of his two attempts for an 80-76 lead.  After the inbounds pass was stolen Fortson had to foul Phil Turner with 24.2 left to play.  Turner would only make one free trhow and after a Powell basket the lead was cut to 3 again with 8.6 to play.

The Hogs fouled Bost with 7.4 to play and he again only made one free throw but the Hogs ran out of time getting a lay-up at the Buzzer, and the Bulldogs won 82-80.

Arkansas has to get ready for a quick turnaround thanks to the new SEC television agreement and play Alabama in Fayetteville Saturday. 

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