FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – In Bud Walton Arena, where the atmosphere was electric all night, the Razorback men’s basketball team was electric as well to upset the 22nd-ranked Kentucky Wildcats in overtime, 77-76, on Wednesday night. Sophomore Marshawn Powell and junior Rotnei Clarke combined for 48 of Arkansas’ points in the win as Arkansas got their first win against Kentucky since the 2000-01 season.
Arkansas (17-10, 6-7), not only stops their 10-game losing streak against Kentucky (19-8, 7-6), but also won their first overtime game of year after dropping the last three.
“I thought we competed extremely well tonight,” said Arkansas head coach John Pelphrey. “We made some great extra effort plays and I’m proud of our guys for their resiliency and their toughness. I thought our fans were unbelievable tonight. We played with spirit tonight and the ball bounced our way tonight.”
As much as the second half was a back and forth battle which saw the game tied eight times in the final 20 minutes, the Hogs continued to keep the momentum in their favor keeping deficits within striking distance. Clarke, who already had 21 points with four minutes to go and Arkansas down one, caught a pass at the top of the key and drained a three while being fouled by Deandre Liggins, giving the Hogs a huge three-point advantage. Clarke would get the free throw to follow and Arkansas the four point lead, their largest of the half. Read more …