Hoop Hogs show improvement, still fall to Mississippi State 80-82

The Razorback basketball team just can’t seem to get over the hump.

The Hogs have shown improvement lately, competing against the #1 team in the nation in Texas two weeks ago, and last night taking SEC West leaders Mississippi State down to the wire on their home court, but they just haven’t been able to pull out a victory in the end.

Arkansas came out flat against the Bulldogs Thursday night and fell behind by as many as 19 points in the first half before making a run to close out the period and stay within 12 at 39-51.

The Hogs methodically chipped away at the Bulldogs’ lead in the second half, and cut Missisippi State’s lead to 5 points on a Marshawn Powell jump shot with 3:06 left to play in the game. The Hogs were within a basket of the Bulldogs three times in the final two minutes, but costly turnovers by Powell and guard Courtney Fortson down the stretch helped Mississippi State improve to 14-3.

Arkansas dropped to 7-9 on the season, and 0-1 in conference play. Powell led the Hogs with 25 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals, and Fortson added 20 points and 5 assists in the losing effort.

Next up, the Hogs host Alabama at Bud Walton Arena on Saturday. The game tips off at 12:47 p.m. (random), and will be televised by the SEC network.