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Hogs celebrate championship win over Georgia

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Hogs celebrate championship win over Georgia

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – On a day when the Razorback community honored the 1994 national championship club, the Arkansas men’s basketball team completed the celebration with an 89-67 victory over Georgia. The win snaps the Hogs’ eight-game skid and the 22-point margin of victory is Arkansas’ fourth-biggest of the season.Five Razorbacks finished the game in double figures, including a game-high 19 points from Rotnei Clarke who connected on four three-point baskets. Michael Washington turned in his 11th double-double effort of the season with 17 points and 13 rebounds. A trio of Hogs—Courtney Fortson, Jason Henry and Stefan Welsh—finished the game with 14 points. Fortson also had eight assists, the eighth time this season the freshman guard has collected at least eight helpers.Arkansas padded its 17-point halftime lead and was never threatened by the Bulldogs in the second half. Head coach John Pelphrey improves to 22-0 at Arkansas when the team scores at least 80 points.The Razorbacks took advantage of 21 turnovers by Georgia and scored 27 points off those miscues. Arkansas also held a 16-4 advantage on the offensive boards and scored 20 second-chance points against the Bulldogs. Arkansas also collected a season-high 15 steals.At halftime, the coaching staff, players and support staff of the 1994 national championship team were recognized in a ceremony that included a video feature and address by legendary head coach Nolan Richardson.After the Razorbacks jumped out to an early five-point lead, the teams traded baskets during the start of the game. At the 12:19 mark of the first half, Arkansas trailed by three but reeled off a 20-2 run, capped by a Jason Henry layup, to take regain the lead and take control of the game. The Hogs led, 35-20, with 6:45 to play in the half.Georgia would get no closer than 12 in the first half after falling behind. Welsh hit a three pointer with five seconds left before halftime to send the home team into the locker room with the 47-30 advantage. Arkansas is now 10-4 when leading at the half.In the first half, Arkansas had four players with at least eight points, including Fortson who led the way with 12 points in the first 20 minutes of play. He also dished out five assists in the opening half.The Hogs close out their home schedule Wednesday with a conference meeting with Ole Miss. The game is set for a 7:05 p.m. tip from Bud Walton Arena. Log on to ArkansasRazorbacks.com for more news and information.



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