Razorbacks Roll to SEC Road Win
BY ANDRES FOCIL
ATHENS, Ga. – All five Razorback starters scored in double figures, but it was tenacious Hogs’ defense that stole the show and led Arkansas to a 74-54 Southeastern Conference win over the Georgia Bulldogs at the Stegeman Coliseum on Wednesday night.
Arkansas (10-6, 2-1 SEC) rolled to its biggest conference road win since downing Ole Miss by 22 points in Oxford in the 1993 season. The Hogs handed Georgia (7-8, 0-3 SEC) its fourth-straight loss of the season.
Senior Chris Walker led the Hogs’ scoring attack with 16 points including two of three from beyond the three-point arc. Freshmen Alonzo Lane and Joe Johnson each earned 13 points with Lane also pitching in six rebounds. Sophomores T.J. Cleveland and Teddy Gipson each scored 10 points in the winning effort while freshman Larry Satchell tied for a team high with six rebounds.
“I’ve been telling our guys that if they continue to work that one night it will click for us,” Arkansas head coach Nolan Richardson said. “Tonight it did. We executed on both ends of the court and played the type of defense that we are capable of playing. Brandon Dean did an excellent job of keeping Layne out of the ball game and our big guys did a good job battling underneath.”
Georgia was led by Anthony Evans who scored 15 points and gathered nine rebounds. The Bulldogs’ leading scorer D.A. Layne was held to seven points on three of 13 from the field. Layne entered the game averaging over 17 points a contest.
The Razorbacks forced 15 turnovers and scored 23 points off the Bulldogs’ miscues. Arkansas took the lead midway the first half and rallied to a nine-point halftime lead. The Hogs then rattled off a 10-2 run to start the second stanza to gain an 18-point lead. Georgia could only cut it to 15 points at any point in the second half as Arkansas earned its first conference road win of the season.
“I thought it was a big key when we came out and put on that run at the start of the second half,” Richardson said. “We didn’t give them a chance to get back in the ball game. I told our guys that we had to go on the road and steal one. We lost at home so we had to make it up. I was proud of the way we responded to our first road game.”
Arkansas will enjoy an open date this weekend before traveling to Tuscaloosa, Ala. to battle Alabama on Wednesday, Jan. 19. The 7:05 p.m. game will be televised by Jefferson-Pilot Sports.
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