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Turnovers costly for Razorbacks in Texas

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Turnovers costly for Razorbacks in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas – Juniors Jeff Peterson and Rotnei Clarke each scored 11 points for the University of Arkansas men’s basketball team on Tuesday night, but 23 turnovers were too much to overcome as the Razorbacks lost their first true road game of the season, 79-46, to No. 12 Texas in Austin.

Arkansas (10-3) loses its second game to a ranked team this year and the 23 turnovers is one shy of its season high of 24 which came to the hands of then No. 25 Texas A&M. Texas (12-2) continues its winning streak with the home victory as four Longhorns scored in double digits.

The Razorbacks struggled to keep the ball in the opening minutes of the game as they committed eight turnovers in the first eight minutes. The Arkansas miscues allowed the Longhorns to open a 14-8 lead at the second media timeout of the half. While the Arkansas turnovers slowed down over the final 12 minutes of the period, Arkansas still turned the ball over 12 times in the opening 20 minutes leading to 12 Texas points and a halftime deficit of 13 points, 37-24. Jeff Peterson led the Razorbacks with seven points in the period while Delvon Johnson grabbed five rebounds.

The second half was more of the same as Arkansas shot just 30 percent from the floor and Texas improved its percentage to 51 percent. The Longhorns were hot from the corners as they appeared to hit just about every shot from the three-point line compared to Arkansas’ tough night from downtown. The Razorbacks managed just three three-point baskets, with two coming from Clarke in the final minutes of the game.

Clarke’s two three pointers give him 223 for his career, placing the junior just three buckets behind Todd Day for third on Arkansas’ all-time charts. His 11 points give him 1,018 for his career and place him in 32nd place by himself on the Hogs all-time points list.

In the post, Johnson scored just two points, but grabbed nine rebounds and blocked one shot to add to his SEC leading total. Sophomore Marshawn Powell came off the bench to score nine points for the Razorbacks and grab three rebounds.

For Texas, Jordan Hamilton led the way with 16 points followed by Tristan Thompson with 14 points and seven rebounds and Gary Johnson with 13 points and nine boards.

The Razorbacks open Southeastern Conference play on Saturday at Bud Walton Arena when they host the Tennessee Volunteers at 12:30 p.m.



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