Hogs cool off Demons

FAYETTEVILLE – Sophomore B.J. Young recorded a double-double in Arkansas’ 79-61 win over Northwestern State at Bud Walton Arena on Saturday.

The Razorback defense put up a stellar performance against a Demon offense that ranks second in the country in scoring offense, holding it to a season-low 61 points.

Young concluded the evening with his second career double-double and his first of this season with 26 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. Young was just three assists away from knocking down the first triple-double of his career as he finished with seven assists. Sophomore Hunter Mickelson also picked up a career-high 13 rebounds and a season-high four blocks. Mardracus Wade, who had a standout first half, scored a season-high 17 points and a team-high four steals.

“The defense was excellent,” head coach Mike Anderson said. “It was the difference in the game. We did a great job rebounding with a lot of guys going to the boards. The key is rebounds and that was better tonight.”

Along with some strong individual performances the Razorbacks (8-4) combined for some impressive stats as well as they outrebounded NSU (5-4) 57-41. The Razorbacks also nabbed 48 points in the paint.

In the opening minutes of the first half it was Wade who was shooting lights out from the field, going 3 for 3 for eight points, two assists and two steals by the first timeout to help put Arkansas up 12-7. Later the Demons would hold the Hogs scoreless for 4 minutes, but the Razorback defense limited Northwestern State to just four points during that time as the Demons stayed close with just a 19-13 deficit.

The Razorbacks entered the locker room up 36-29.

The Razorbacks face Delaware State in their next contest on Jan. 5 at Bud Walton Arena.