FAYETTEVILLE, — Marshawn Powell wasted little time in regaining his scoring touch.
Powell scored 17 points and BJ Young added 14 as Arkansas pulled away Saturday for a 56-33 win over Vanderbilt.
Powell, who was held scoreless in a loss at Texas A&M on Wednesday, scored the first eight points for the Razorbacks (10-5, 1-1 Southeastern Conference and added 6 rebounds and 6 steals.
Young added 12 of his 14 points in the second half as Arkansas bounced back from a season-worst 51-point effort in an 18-point loss against the Aggies.
Sheldon Jeter had 8 points to lead the Commodores (6-8, 0-2), who matched their season low for points and narrowly avoided setting the school mark for scoring futility. Vanderbilt committed a season-worst 26 turnovers, leading to 23 points for the Razorbacks.
The Commodores started slowly, hitting one of their first 13 shots, and never fully recovered. They were 3 of 15 from the field in the first half and trailed 21-11 at halftime — after closing with a relative offensive furry (5 points) in the closing minute and a half.
Vanderbilt finished 10 of 40 (25 percent) from the field, including a 2 of 15 effort from the 3-point line, and has now lost four of its last five games. The Commodores also scored 33 points in a loss to Marist earlier this season, and the school record for fewest points is 31 — set in a 33-31 loss to Mississippi State in 1982.
Powell, meanwhile, had no such offensive problems after being held scoreless for only the second time in his career earlier in the week against the Aggies. The junior hit all six of his first-half shots and finished 8 of 9 from the field.
Young, after playing only eight minutes in the first half with foul trouble, picked up where Powell left off in the second half. The sophomore scored the first 12 points of the half for Arkansas, which led by as many as 27 in the second half.
The Razorbacks were 9 of 10 from the free throw line following Wednesday’s 4 of 15 effort against Texas A&M. Arkansas, led by Powell, had 14 steals as a team.