Hogs hang with the Gators, don’t win

The Razorback basketball team lost another tough game at home Thursday night, this time to the Florida Gators 71-66.

Erving Walker scored a career high 27 points for Florida, and the Hogs were out-rebounded 41-29 in the game contributing to their second conference loss of the season.

Rotnei Clarke led the Razorbacks with 17 points on 5-9 three-point shooting, and Courtney Fortson and Marshawn Powell each contributed 14. Fortson also added 11 assists, his second straight game with double digits in that category.

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Mike Washington played only 19 minutes in the game because of foul trouble, but still contributed 11 points and 6 rebounds for Arkansas.

The game was another back-and-forth affair, with neither team leading by more than five points for most of the game. Arkansas had a late lead, 56-55 on a 3-pointer by Clarke, but the Gators went on an 9-0 run to take an 8-point lead with 2:55 left in the game, and Arkansas never recovered.

Marshawn Powell continued to be a bright spot for Arkansas. The forward is 10th in the SEC in scoring, averaging 15.8 points per game, the second most among freshmen in the SEC. Florida coach Billy Donovan was impressed by Powell Thursday night.

“Marshawn Powell, in my opinion, is one of the best freshmen in the league,” Donovan said after the game.

The Hogs fall to 8-10 on the year, and 1-2 in SEC play. Next up, Arkansas plays the #2 nationally ranked Kentucky Wildcats on their home floor in Lexington, KY on Saturday. The game is scheduled for a 3:00 p.m. tipoff, and will be televised by the SEC Network.