Razorbacks drop second straight in Vegas

LAS VEGAS – Junior Coty Clarke grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds for Arkansas on Saturday night, but a huge second half by Wisconsin edged the Razorbacks, 77-70, in the final game of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational.

Sophomore guard B.J. Young scored 18 points and picked up five boards and while Clarke recorded his second double-digit rebounding game of the season with 11, seven on the offensive glass. Junior guard Mardracus Wade also had a double-digit scoring game with 13 points.

The Razorbacks took their first lead in the opening half, 15-13 with 13:30 remaining. With 9:38 remaining the Hogs would hold the Badgers scoreless over a span of 4:22 on the clock as they went on a 7-0 run to make the score 29-18. Arkansas would keep up the pressure, going toe-to-toe with the Badgers to close the half at 40-29.

Wade and Young led Arkansas in scoring in the first half with 10 points apiece. The Badgers led the Razorbacks with 25 rebounds in the first compared to 13. However, Arkansas capitalized on the eight Badger turnovers, scoring 13 points. Arkansas committed just two turnovers in the first half.

The second half would be a different story for Arkansas as Wisconsin chipped away at the lead with consecutive three-point baskets to make it 40-35. Arkansas held Badgers from taking the lead until the 8:12 mark in the second half when they went up for good, 55-53.

The Razorbacks however, outrebounded the Badgers in the second half, 21-14.

The Razorbacks return to Bud Walton Arena to face No. 6 Syracuse at 7:30 p.m. Friday, a game that will be televised on ESPN.