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 Biletnikoff Award.
Young leads late Arkansas rally past Mizzou
Arkansas sophomore guard BJ Young, right, drives along the baseline as Missouri senior Keion Bell defends Saturday in Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville. Young scored 18 points, including seven points in the final 29 seconds, as the Razorbacks beat Missouri 73-71.
FAYETTEVILLE BJ Young had consecutive three-point plays in the final 30 seconds and Arkansas overcame a late deficit to beat Missouri 73-71 Saturday at Bud Walton Arena.
Young's basket and free throw with 19.6 seconds remaining gave the Razorbacks a 72-71 lead after trailing by as many as four points in the final minute. The sophomore guard from St. Louis finished with 18 points.
BJ Young scored 7 points in the final 29.7 seconds after Arkansas trailed 70-66
The Razorbacks improved to 14-1 this season at Bud Walton Arena, including 6-0 in SEC games
A season-high crowd of 19,004 fans was in attendance
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Missouri had a chance to take the lead after Young gave Arkansas the lead, but Razorbacks forward Coty Clarke stole the ball from Missouri senior guard Phil Pressey with 10 seconds left.
Young connected on another free throw with 5.3 seconds left and contested a Jabari Brown 3-pointer that was no good at the buzzer. Arkansas (16-9, 7-5 SEC) improved to 14-1 this season in Bud Walton Arena and remained undefeated in six SEC games there.
Pressey, playing against his former coach and his father's former college roommate Mike Anderson, had hit a jumper to give the Tigers a 67-65 lead with 1 minute remaining. It was a rare bright moment for the preseason player of the year who struggled throughout, connecting on only 2 of 9 field goal attempts, finishing with nine points, two assists and four turnovers.
Missouri missed two free throws in the final 47 seconds to leave the door open for the Razorbacks. Young scored Arkansas' final seven points.
After trailing by as many as nine points in the first half and 33-29 at the intermission, the Razorbacks led by as many as eight points late in the second half.
Missouri chipped away at the lead and tied the game 63-63 on an Earnet Ross 3-pointer with 4:10 remaining. After a Keion Bell dunk, Arkansas tied the game on a Marshawn Powell layup with 1:17 to play.
Powell finished with a team-high 24 points for the Razorbacks. Coty Clarke had 13 points, including a career-high three made 3-pointers.
Bell led all scorers with 25 points for the Tigers (18-7, 7-5). Ross added 16.
The game was the first for Anderson against Missouri, who he coached for five years before leaving for Arkansas following the 2011 season. The two teams will meet again March 5 in Columbia, Mo.