FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Freshman Marshawn Powell scored 19 points for the Red team, but it was the 1-2 combination of White’s Mike Washington and Courtney Fortson who scored 14 and 13, respectively, to lead the White team to a 35-26 victory in Friday night’s annual Red-White game at Bud Walton Arena.
A close game at the half, the White team held a slim 17-15 lead at the break, but in the second half the White team outscored their teammates 18-11 thanks to a combined 12 points by the Washington-Fortson combo. Freshman Glenn Bryant added four points to the cause to solidify the victory.
"It was nice to get out and interact with the fans," Arkansas head coach John Pelphrey said. "Even with all the different sports that are going on, they still came out to support us. This game was good for us to get an idea on the team’s conditioning. We haven’t spent a lot of time playing five-on-five during the first week, but we now have a good idea of what to expect as we move forward."
Powell was nearly all the scoring for Red in the second half as he scored 10 of the 11 points while a combination of Jamal Farmer, Stef Welsh, Delvon Johnson and Julysses Nobles tallied seven points. For the game Powell was 7-11 from the floor including 3-6 from three-point range and 2-4 from the free throw line while playing the entire 24 minutes of action. The 6-7 forward from Newport News, Va., also led all rebounders with six boards.
As a whole, the white team hit 43 percent of its shots with Washington knocking down five total shots which included a three-point basket and three of his four free throws. Washington and guard Jeff Peterson each grabbed five rebounds to lead the White team.
In the competitions prior to the men’s Red-White contest, the men teamed up with Razorback women for a three-point contest and Hot Spot contest. In the three-point competition, Fortson and Brittney Richardson opened the competition with 15 three pointers. Following the pair was Marcus Britt and Julie Inman. After Inman matched her teammates three-point output with seven, Britt converted his eighth shot with one left and a chance to win. Britt’s shot hit the iron, but didn’t fall ending the competition in a tie.
The Hot Spot contest was just as heated with Razorback men and women teamed up with a fan. The first round saw the team of Steph Welsh’s team defeat Bryant’s squad, 18-13. The second contest witnessed Julysses Nobles team beat Marshawn Powell’s, 39-24. In the final, Welsh’s team prevailed, 23-21 over Nobles.
The Razorbacks are back in action on Monday, Nov. 2, when they play their first exhibition game of the season against Dillard. For more information regarding Razorback men’s basketball or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.