Matt Jones is the online sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Northwest Arkansas Newspapers. He and his wife live in Fayetteville.
Young's late shot saves Arkansas
Arkansas guard BJ Young drives the ball Georgia Thursday at Bud Walton Arena. Young hit a game-winning shot with 5.3 seconds left as the Razorbacks won 62-60.
FAYETTEVILLE BJ Young did it again.
After scoring seven points in the final 29 seconds of a comeback win over Missouri last weekend, the sophomore twisted and contorted his way to a game-winning layup with 5.3 seconds remaining as Arkansas beat Georgia 62-60 Thursday night at Bud Walton Arena.
It was Young's third go-ahead shot in the final minute of a game this season, having also done so against Oklahoma in December. He finished the game with eight points, bailing out Arkansas in a game it led by as many as 13 points in the first half.
Georgia chipped away at the lead the entire second half before staking a 56-53 advantage on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope's 3-pointer with 2:31 remaining.
Marshawn Powell, who sat for the majority of the second half with foul trouble, tied the game with a 3-pointer with 1:56 to play and gave the Razorbacks the lead on their next possession with a basket and foul, but missed the free throw. The reigning SEC player of the week finished with 11 points.
The Razorbacks (17-9, 8-5 SEC) won their third consecutive game and improved to 7-0 in conference games at Bud Walton Arena.
Georgia tied the game 60-60 on two free throws by Caldwell-Pope with 33 seconds remaining. The Bulldogs (12-14, 6-7) had a chance to tie the game at the buzzer, but Vincent Williams' shot was no good.
Freshman guard Anthlon Bell sparked Arkansas in the first half, hitting his first three 3-point attempts. Bell finished with a career-high 17 points, but didn't play the game's final 11:40.
The Razorbacks' defense frustrated Georgia in the first half, holding the Bulldogs to 4 of 22 shooting. Arkansas led 28-18 at halftime.
Caldwell-Pope scored a team-high 15 points for Georgia, all of which came after halftime. Sherrard Brantley added 10.
Arkansas will play at No. 5 Florida on Saturday in a rematch of a game the Razorbacks won 80-69 earlier this month when the Gators were ranked No. 2.