Fayetteville, Ark. – BJ Young lifted the Arkansas Razorbacks to another last-second victory hitting the winning layup beating the Georgia Bulldogs 62-60 Thursday night at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville.
Young was the hero for the Hogs (17-9, 8-5) last Saturday hitting the winning shot against Missouri. On Thursday Young continued his last-second magic hitting a home-cooking layup (possible three steps) with 5.2 seconds left in the game.
Georgia (12-14, 6-7) raced down the court getting a decent look at a basket in the paint that would have sent the game into overtime but perhaps one dribble too many took the Dawgs player from an open shot to a contested shot giving Arkansas the big conference win.
The loss for Georgia continues a frustrating season for the Bulldogs and their fans. Georgia has losing and winning streaks of four losses, three losses, four wins, three losses, five wins, and now on another three-game losing streak.
The Hogs looked like they might runaway with the game in the first half holding a 28-18 lead at halftime and playing much of the opening minutes of the second half with an 11 point lead.
Georgia systematically clawed their way back into the game putting fans on the edge of their seats over the closing 10 minutes of play.
From a fan perspective the game was tight and contentious in the second half as both Arkansas and Georgia did a great job of limiting star performers on either side to mediocre games.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had a Georgia-high 15 points on 4 of 8 shooting but was limited in the first half by the stingy Arkansas defense.
For Arkansas junior forward Marshawn Powell was limited by foul troubles but hit key second half shots including a momentum shifting three-pointer and an improbable shot in the paint as the game was winding down. Powell finished strong with 11 points on 4 of 9 shooting.
Young scored 11 points but did not fair well from the field on 4 of 10 shooting.
The Hogs got a game and career-high from freshman guard Anthlon Bell. The Memphis product scored 17 points keeping the Razorbacks in the game while Powell was on the bench with foul trouble throughout much of the game and Young looked for his shooting stroke. Bell’s previous high scoring game was 16 against Longwood on Nov. 18.
Arkansas utilized their home court hitting 10 of 26 three-point attempts. Georgia shot well from downtown allowing them to stay in the game connecting on 6 of 15 attempts.
The win was the third straight conference win for Arkansas, their first three-game in-conference winning streak since 2010. The Razorbacks move into a three-way tie for fourth place with Mississippi and Missouri.
Next up for the Hogs is No. 6 Florida (21-4, 11-2) in Gainesville on Saturday. The Razorbacks beat the Gators earlier this year in Bud Walton Arena 80-69.
Georgia returns home to play South Carolina (13-13, 3-10) on Saturday.