Matt Jones has been the online sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2010. He is also a feature writer for Hawgs Illustrated magazine and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in journalism.
Hogs roll to third straight win
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/STEPHEN B. THORNTON -- Alabama A&M's Green Hill, left, and Arkansas' BJ Young battle for a loose ball after Young stripped it during the first half of their game Saturday night at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK Marshawn Powell scored 20 points and Arkansas beat Alabama A&M 95-68 Saturday night.
Powell, who eclipsed 1,000 career points during the game, added six rebounds in the same arena he tore his anterior cruciate ligament last November. Powell made 9 of 13 field goal attempts, scoring in double-digits for the sixth consecutive game.
The Razorbacks snapped a three-game losing streak at Verizon Arena and won their annual game at the venue for just the second time since 2005.
Arkansas (7-4) began the game well by hitting its first seven field goal attempts and never trailed the Bulldogs from the Southwest Athletic Conference. The Razorbacks led 18-8 at the first media timeout, scoring on their first eight possessions.
Paced by Demarquelle Tabb's 13 first half points, Alabama A&M pulled within seven points late in the first half, but Arkansas closed the period on a 10-0 run to take a 51-34 lead at the intermission.
The Razorbacks didn't have any trouble closing out the Bulldogs (3-7) after halftime, leading by as many 35 points. Twelve of Arkansas' 14 players made at least one basket.
BJ Young scored 13 points and had a career-high nine assists for the Razorbacks. Coty Clarke and Jacorey Williams each added 10 points.
Jeremy Crutcher led Alabama A&M with 16 points, while Tabb added 15.