Fast Break: Texas A&M 69, Arkansas 51


WHY ARKANSAS LOST: Everything went wrong for the Razorbacks on Wednesday night, but one of the most glaring stats was the performance at the free-throw line. Arkansas had opportunities for free points, but finished 4-for-15 (26.7 percent) from the stripe. Coach Mike Anderson said the misses kept Arkansas from setting up its full-court pressure, leaving the game to Texas A&M’s liking Wednesday.

WHY TEXAS A&M WON: The Aggies were dominant on the boards, outrebounding the Razorbacks 51-27. It included 19 offensive rebounds. Kourtney Roberson, who led the way with 12 boards, said it was an emphasis in practices leading up to the SEC opener. The extra work paid off as Texas A&M scored 21 second-chance points, including Elston Turner's 3-pointer after an offensive rebound that keyed the second half run.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Texas A&M forward Elston Turner scored 15 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and handed out 2 assists to lead the Aggies. He made a 3-pointer to tie the game at 24-24 in the first half, opening a 15-0 run that stretched into the second half. He added another to begin Texas A&M's second-half dominance.

STAT OF THE GAME: Arkansas forward Marshawn Powell was held scoreless in 12 minutes Wednesday. The Razorbacks’ second-leading scorer picked up two early fouls in the first half and never got going when he returned after the break. Powell was held scoreless for just the second time in his career Wednesday night.

QUOTE OF THE GAME: “I was surprised. I looked at Kourtney and was like, ‘Bro, we’re about to blow them out.’” – Texas A&M guard Fabyon Harris, when asked if he was surprised about the ease of Wednesday’s victory against Arkansas.

UP NEXT: Arkansas will play its SEC home opener against Vanderbilt on Saturday at 5 p.m. The Commodores (6-6) open SEC play at home against Kentucky tonight.

— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau