The Arkansas basketball team is eager to get to Las Vegas this weekend to show what they can do against Top 25 competition. But first, they had to take care of business Tuesday night.
The Hogs used a quick start in the first half to beat Florida A&M 89-60 at Bud Walton Arena.
Junior Marshawn Powell was dominant down low, scoring 21 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. It was the eighth double-double of his career. Powell missed almost all of last year with a torn anterior cruciate ligament and has been a pleasant surprise early on for the Hogs.
Arkansas used quick pressure defense to take the early lead. They scored 32 points from 22 forced turnovers, which helped them get out to a 49-31 lead at halftime.
Florida A&M cut the lead to 11 in the second half with a run, but after that the Hogs held the Rattlers without a basket for 8 minutes down the stretch.
“It was tough,” said Marshawn Powell. “Coach knew they were going to come out and punch us hard in the first five minutes of the second half, which they did. It was just knuckling down and playing like we know how to play and getting stops and scores on the other end, and we did that.”
Rickey Scott added 13 points and BJ Young 12. Arkansas improved to 3-0 with the win.
This was one of two games in a three-night span for the Hogs, all part of the Las Vegas Invitational. Arkansas head to Vegas next to play Arizona State on Friday. They will play either Wisconsin or Creighton on Saturday.