Second Half Surge Keys Razorback Victory
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas rebounded from a slow start and turned a four-point halftime lead into a 25-point victory margin with a 85-60 win over Mercer at Bud Walton Arena on Saturday night. The Razorbacks (6-2) shot 52 percent from the field in the second half to easily outdistance Mercer (3-6) in the second meeting of the season between the teams. Razorback sophomore Jason Gilbert scored a career high 20 points including a scorching seven of 10 from the field. Freshman Alonzo Lane tallied 12 points and three rebounds while freshman Charles Tatum scored 10 points. Freshman Larry Satchell scored six points and pulled down a team high nine rebounds in his Razorback debut. Scott Emerson, Korey McCray and Jesse McMillan all scored 11 points for the Bears in the losing cause. “Our players looked tight again until Charles Tatum and Jason Gilbert got us going,” Arkansas head coach Nolan Richardson said. “The others still looked rusty. We just had 10 turnovers. We will take that anytime. We are almost a new team with Satchell on the floor. He makes a difference. His offensive skills aren’t there yet, but within a month we will see what he can do.” Arkansas returns to action on Monday night when the Hogs host nationally ranked Wake Forest at Bud Walton Arena. The 6:05 p.m. game will be televised by ESPN2.
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