FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas’ B.J. Young scored 28 points and Hunter Mickelson recorded a double-double as the Red team beat the White 85-75 in an intrasquad game Tuesday at Bud Walton Arena.
The Red led by as many as 15 points in the first half, but three 3-pointers by Kikko Haydar sparked a 15-5 run by the White to pull the score within five points. Red maintained a 39-34 lead heading into the locker room and the game never got any closer, however.
In the second half, Young scored 18 points, including an eight-point burst to start the half. The sophomore guard also recorded five rebounds and four assists in 35 minutes of play.
“BJ is a much better player,” Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said. “I think he’s improved from last year. We know he can get to the basket and score, but I thought he was distributing the basketball whether it was with the behind-the-back pass to Hunter or finding Anthlon (Bell) in transition. He’s rebounding the basketball and I put some things in front of him to make him a well-rounded player, but he has a knack for scoring and that was on display again tonight.
“He’s such a competitor and I thought his will, intensity and competitiveness helped his team win.”
Mickelson, a fellow sophomore, added 20 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks in the Red’s victory to account for one of the two double-doubles in the game. The other was recorded by Alandise Harris, who the NCAA denied eligibility to play this season after transferring to Arkansas from Houston.
As a freshman, Mickelson recorded a school-record 72 blocks by a first-year player. Arkansas guard Rickey Scott said the 6-foot-10 forward’s presence in the paint will benefit the team again this year.
“His impact on defense is going to help in the long run and in SEC play, so I hope he keeps doing it,” Scott said. “And (in practice) that’s just going to help me when I drive to the lane. I know when someone like Hunter comes after me, I need to adjust my shot, so that will help me as well.”
Although Mardracus Wade, who led the SEC in 3-point percentage last season, was unable to knock down a shot from beyond the arc for the White team, Bell proved himself as another sharpshooter by scoring 19 points for the Red squad. The freshman guard made 4-of-5 attempts from beyond the arc in the first half and made two more in the second half, although one was waved off for hitting the shot clock.
“Anthlon Bell is a guy who can knock down shots and our guys found him, whether it be in the open court or when the ball went inside,” Anderson said. “He knocked some shots down.”
The Razorbacks host Southwest Baptist in an exhibition game Friday at 7 p.m.
“I’m definitely ready to play somebody else who isn’t our own team,” said Scott, who scored 13 points for the White squad. “It gets boring only going against these guys sometimes, but now we finally get to put the pressure of 40 minutes of Hell on somebody else.”