FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – BJ Young only scored eight points for Arkansas on Thursday night, but his last two were the biggest of the game. Young hit a layup with six seconds remaining in the second half against Georgia to propel the Razorbacks (17-9, 8-5 Southeastern Conference) to a 62-60 triumph in a closely contested matchup, their eighth conference win of the season.
UGA (12-14, 6-7) was able to stay in the game despite a slow start from its star player, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Pope did not get much going in the first half, but he found his stroke after the break and wound up with a team-high 15 points to go along with four rebounds. Sherrard Brantley chipped in 10 points in the loss for the Dawgs, but ultimately 15 turnovers and a 37 percent shooting clip were too much for Georgia to overcome on the road.
Anthlon Bell led all scorers on the night, dropping 17 points off the bench for Arkansas. The freshman hit 60 percent of his shots in the effort, and the Hogs finished with a 38.6 percent mark as a team. Marshawn Powell was big for Arkansas once again, adding 11 points and three boards in the victory while hitting on four of his nine field goals.
Georgia went into the half trailing by 10 points but was able to outscore Arkansas by eight in the second to make things close down the stretch. The Dawgs only managed 18 points in the first 20 minutes, but they closed the game with a big 42-point effort in the second before ultimately falling short in the final seconds.
Arkansas and UGA will both return to the court on Saturday, with the Razorbacks taking on Eastern Division foe Florida and Georgia will face South Carolina.