Full-Court Press: Arkansas 62, SE Louisiana 55

by Chris Bahn  on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011 5:41 pm  

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Arkansas 62, SE Louisiana 55

Why Arkansas Won

Arkansas (6-3) looked sluggish early, but had enough spurts of energy on defense to force 20 turnovers against Southeastern Louisiana and convert those mistakes into 24 points. Balanced scoring was the theme of the day for the Razorbacks, who had nine of 10 players score and eight of those post between five and 10 points. Arkansas was able to end a two-game losing skid with the victory. 

Turning Point
A 12-2 run to end the first half gave the Razorbacks a 35-30 halftime edge. Southeastern Louisiana wasn’t able to get closer than three the rest of the way. Arkansas trailed by as many as five, 28-23, with 4:16 left in the opening half, but rallied with a run that included contributions from multiple players.

Player Of The Game
Coaches and teammates have appreciated the versatility Rashad Madden brings to the team in practice. He just hasn’t been able to carry that over to the floor often nine games into his freshman season.

Madden did enjoy one of those days on Saturday, though. He led the team in scoring with 10, topped all players with seven assists and he added four rebounds and two steals.

Plus, Madden didn’t turn the ball over once. It was arguably his best effort for the Razorbacks this year.

“Coach A wants me to turn my practice into a game. I feel like that’s what I did,” Madden said.  

Slow Start
BJ Young has been one of the brightest spots for Arkansas this year. Even in double-digit losses to UConn and Oklahoma, Young averaged 23 points.

Young entered having averaged 18.5 points in his previous seven games. That led Coach Mike Anderson to put Young into the starting lineup for the first time this year, and the results weren’t great.

For the first time since the season opener Young failed to score at least 11. He finished with six points and six rebounds with two steals. 

Free Throw Woes
This was not one of those games that the Razorbacks’ extra work on free throws was apparent. Typically Arkansas players shoot 500 extra free throws a week, but they looked out of practice against Southeastern Louisiana.

Arkansas hit just 11 of 23 free throws (47.8 percent) against the Lions. It was the second-lowest output at the line this season. Against UConn the team hit 42 percent from the free-throw line.

Familiar Faces
Southeastern Louisiana featured a pair of players Arkansas fans might be familiar with, just from different schools.

Mississippi State transfer Elgin Bailey led all scorers with 12 points and 12 rebounds. LSU transfer Daron Populist added 11 points for the Lions. 

Speaking Out
“I thought it was a very ugly win. Extremely. But an ugly win is better than any kind of loss.”
— Marvell Waithe on the team’s lack of focus against SE Louisiana

“A raggedy ride is better than a smooth walk.”
— Arkansas Coach Mike Anderson on his team’s victory.

 

 

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