Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Heisman Trophy and Biletnikoff Award.
Young's heroics lift Arkansas over Oklahoma
NWA Media/ANTHONY REYES -- Arkansas sophomore guard BJ Young charges upcourt after scoring the go-ahead basket against Oklahoma in the second half Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012 at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville. The Razorbacks won 81-78.
FAYETTEVILLE After an uncharacteristically quiet night, BJ Young delivered in the clutch Tuesday at Bud Walton Arena.
The sophomore preseason all-American scored four points in the final minute, including two on a runner with 14.7 seconds left to give Arkansas the lead in an 81-78 win over Oklahoma.
Young, who scored 25 points in a loss last Friday to Syracuse, had only 10 points against the Sooners. Marshawn Powell led Arkansas with a career-high 33 points, including a pair of free throws with 2.4 seconds remaining.
Arkansas fell behind early, but used a 9-2 run to take control for much of the game. Powell had 19 points in the first half, helping the team to a 41-38 lead at the intermission.
Powell, who had 19 points against the Orange, eclipsed his previous career-best point total set as a true freshman. The redshirt junior became the first Arkansas player this year to score 30 or more points.
Arkansas extended its lead to 51-40 on back-to-back 3-point baskets by Mardracus Wade with 16:52 to play. After struggling from beyond the arc all season, the Razorbacks connected on 9 of 22 attempts, including four makes by Powell.
The Sooners chiseled away at the the Razorbacks' lead, but didn't go ahead until Steven Pledger's second consecutive trey gave Oklahoma a 78-77 advantage with 22 seconds remaining - their first lead since the game's opening minutes.
Pledger finished with 12 points. Romero Osby led Oklahoma (6-2) with 22 points off the bench and Amath M'Baye added 14.
The Razorbacks (4-3) snapped a three-game losing streak, recording their first win during a five-game stretch that also includes Arizona State, Wisconsin, Syracuse and Michigan. Arkansas will face the No. 3 Wolverines on Saturday in Ann Arbor, Mich.
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