The cardiac kids from Fayetteville did it again. For the second straight game at Bud Walton Arena Arkansas won in the final seconds, on the game's last shot.
Sophomore BJ Young hit the game-winning bucket with five seconds left to give the Hogs a 62-60 win over Georgia on Tuesday night. Arkansas moves to 17-9 and 8-5 in the SEC, a tie for fourth in the conference.
“We didn’t play our best,” head coach Mike Anderson said. “But we found a way to win. Our defense was outstanding. We need to play better but I am happy with the win.”
Freshman Anthlon Bell had a career-high 17 points behind five three-pointers.
“Anthlon came in and gave us a huge lift,” Anderson said. “Georgia played a zone and Bell came in and knocked down some big shots for us.”
The Razorbacks began the game on an 18-to-6 run behind nine points from Bell. The freshman from Bartlett, Tenn. started the game 3-for-3 from beyond the arc and got the Hogs out to an early lead. Arkansas forced six turnovers in the first ten minutes of play.
But Georgia battled back in the second half, going on an 11-0 run. They took their first lead 56-53 with 2:30 left. That's when Marshawn Powell emerged. Powell was in foul trouble all game long, but then scored seven of the Hogs' next nine points before Young's game winning shot.
Arkansas travels to Florida for a 6:00pm start on Saturday, with a shot at the NCAA Tournament becoming more of a reality with each win. The Hogs have now won three SEC games in a row for the first time in three years.