Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A two-time 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 Biletnikoff Award.
Arkansas snaps skid, tops Vols
NWA Media/MICHAEL WOODS --02/02/2013-- Arkansas forward Hunter Mickelson pulls in a rebound during the first half of Saturday afternoon's game against Tennessee at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE With no road wins in league play, Arkansas is still undefeated in SEC games at home.
BJ Young scored a game-high 25 points Saturday, leading the Razorbacks to a 73-60 win over Tennessee at Bud Walton Arena, snapping a two-game Arkansas losing streak.
BJ Young scored a game-high 25 points
Michael Qualls recorded 11 rebounds and 7 points in first start
The Razorbacks led the final 27:01 after the teams traded leads 12 times
Arkansas' bench outscored Tennessee 46-9
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The Razorbacks led the entire second half while improving to 13-8 overall and 4-4 in the SEC. Arkansas led by as many as 16 points after halftime and the Vols never pulled within seven points after the intermission.
The two teams exchanged leads 12 times early in the first half before the Razorbacks took control midway through the period. Arkansas used a 10-2 run to take the lead for good and led 35-25 at halftime.
Young led three Razorbacks in double figures. Marshawn Powell, who fouled out late in the second half, added 12 points and Hunter Mickelson had 10. Michael Qualls, making his first career start, had 11 rebounds and had 7 points.
Arkansas' pressure defense rattled Tennessee early in the game and the Razorbacks scored 27 points off 20 turnovers. Arkansas got plenty of production from its bench, outscoring the Vols' reserves 46-9.
Tennessee (11-9, 3-5) was led by sophomore forward Jarnell Stokes with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Kenny Hall added 14 points and Josh Richardson 11 for the Volunteers.
The Razorbacks will host No. 4 Florida on Tuesday at Bud Walton Arena.