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Finally, finally. Razorbacks get a Tiger by the tail and win on the road

Young and Powell spark surge that carries Arkansas to victory at Auburn

Posted: February 14, 2013 - 7:44am
Hogs' Jacorey Williams drives against Asaughn Dixon  AP
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Hogs' Jacorey Williams drives against Asaughn Dixon

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — B.J. Young and Marshawn Powell made Arkansas feel right at home Wednesday night.

 

Young scored 25 points and Powell had 20 to help the Razorbacks win for the first time on the road in an 83-75 victory over Auburn.

 

The Razorbacks (15-9, 6-5 Southeastern Conference) had lost their first six road games but controlled this one down the stretch.

 

"I thought our focus was great," Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said. "I could see it at the shootaround, pregame. Our guys were really honing in on the task at hand."

 

Especially Young and Powell.

 

The Tigers (9-15, 3-8), who have lost eight of nine, trimmed a 12-point deficit to three in the final five minutes. Then Powell and Young combined for the next seven points and Powell also had a nice dish to Mardracus Wade for another basket.

 

And Auburn's funk continued.

 

"It's disappointing that we come in here tonight and do it for a half and not for a complete game," Auburn coach Tony Barbee said. "It's just disappointing. I wish I had the answers. If I did, it wouldn't happen."

 

Young, who started for the first time in four games, capped his evening with three free throws and a breakaway dunk in the final seconds.

 

"He was the player we know he's capable of being, an All-SEC performer," Anderson said. "It was good to see him come out and really get into a rhythm."

 

Powell, who had 28 points and 11 rebounds in the first meeting, grabbed nine boards in the Razorbacks' sixth straight win in the series.

 

He had been limited to 17 minutes and five points after getting in foul trouble in a 67-49 road loss to Vanderbilt.

 

"It was good to have No. 33 (Powell) out there on the floor," Anderson said. "Our last game he got in foul trouble and it really hurt our basketball team."

 

Wade and Rickey Scott had 11 points apiece for the Razorbacks, who scored 21 points off 16 turnovers. The Razorbacks only turned it over eight times and shot 56 percent (16 of 29) in the second half.

 

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