SEC Basketball: Arkansas Whips Mississippi State 96-70

Jan 23, 2013; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs guard Craig Sword (32) is fouled by Arkansas Razorbacks guard Rickey Scott (3) as forward Hunter Mickelson (21) looks on during a game at Bud Walton Arena. Arkansas defeated Mississippi State 96-70. Mandatory Credit: Beth Hall-USA TODAY Sports

Fayetteville, Ark. – The Arkansas Razorbacks turned up the defensive pressure on the visiting Mississippi State Bulldogs forcing 29 turnovers on the way to a 26-point 96-70 win Wednesday day night.

Arkansas (12-6, 3-2) had four players in double figures led by forward Marshawn Powell’s 17 points. Freshman forward Jacorey Williams had 10 points, junior forward Coty Clarke added 13, and sophomore guard B.J. Young had 13 points off the bench leading the Razorbacks to their third SEC win of the 2012-2013 college basketball season.

The Hogs defense totaled 11 blocks on MSU (7-9, 2-3) players which ranks second all-time for the Razorbacks in an SEC game led by Hunter Mickelson’s three. The 29 forced turnovers led to 42 Arkansas points putting the undermanned Bulldogs in trouble throughout the game. Mardracus Wade led the Hogs with five steals.

Arkansas shot well from the free throw line hitting 21 of 26 attempts. The pass distribution of 27 assists on 33 field goals made was the second best totals for the Hogs in an SEC game.

Fred Thomas had a MSU game-high 17 points followed by Gavin Ware’s 11 points. Freshman guard Craig Sword chipped in 10 points put committed nine turnovers against Arkansas’ defensive pressure.

The Hogs were up nine points at halftime and extended the lead to 30 points in the second half.

Arkansas travels to South Carolina (11-7, 1-4) to take on the Gamecocks at 12:30 p.m. CT on Saturday Jan. 26. The game will air on the SEC Network.

Topics: Arkansas Razorbacks, Basketball, Football, Mississippi State Bulldogs

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