Arkansas Media Relations
LAS VEGAS – Arizona State handed Arkansas its first loss of the season Friday, beating the Razorbacks 83-68 in the Las Vegas Invitational.
Guard BJ Young led the Razorbacks in the loss with 29 points and three rebounds. It the sophomore’s 30thdouble-digit scoring game of his career.
Sophomore guard Rashad Madden and sophomore forward Hunter Mickelson also recorded double-digit scoring games with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Madden also recorded eight rebounds and three assists.
Arkansas (3-1) was unable to get into its signature style of play “The Fastest 40 Minutes in Basketball” in the second half as fouls and turnovers limited the Razorbacks ability to wear down its opponents. When Arkansas was able to get the pace to its liking midway through the first half it erased a small deficit and built a lead.
“I thought that this was a game of halves,” Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said. “We established the tempo in the first half and had good rhythm, but they seized it right before the hand and we could never get it back. You have to give Arizona State credit, they answered the call, but we didn’t do the things that were necessary for us to win.”
After ASU took an early lead to start the game, Arkansas kept pace with the Sun Devils to take the lead 27-25 with a two-point jumper from Madden with 6:04 remaining in the first. Arkansas was able to put together a 7-2 run shortly thereafter that started with a layup by Young with 5:53 remaining in the first to extend their lead to 32-28. However, the Hogs would only hold onto the lead until the final seconds of the first half when ASU hit a jumper to take the lead 43-41 going into the locker room.
ASU went on a 13-5 run to start the second half and led 56-46 with 15:49 left in the game. Arkansas would grab consecutive layups by Young to close the score to 56-50 with 14:36 remaining. That would be the closest Arizona State would allow Arkansas to get. The Sun Devils broke away again, grabbing their largest lead at the 1:12 mark in the second at 81-63.
The Razorbacks return to the court tonight to face Wisconsin, which lost to Creighton on Friday night. It will be the first meeting between the schools.