March 1, 2009

Dawgs Hogtied

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Rotnei Clark scored 19 points and Michael Washington added 17 as Arkansas outscored Georgia 29-12 over the first half's final 11 minutes and cruised past the Bulldogs 89-67 in the two teams' only regular-season meeting here Sunday afternoon.

After taking control in the first half, the Razorbacks (14-13, 2-12) were never seriously challenged in the final period by Georgia (11-18, 2-12). A 3-pointer by Clark got Arkansas its largest lead of the game at 77-52 with 7:56 remaining in the game.

"I thought we got outplayed, really," Georgia Interim coach Pete Herrmann said. "Arkansas got way too many extra possessions, which means they got offensive rebounds and forced turnovers. Those are just a result of extra effort on their part. I thought we played well to start, played a pretty even game, and then we committed a couple of turnovers, which Arkansas seemed to build momentum from. Then we just lost our poise under their pressure, and that was basically the story of the game."

The Bulldogs rebounded from a slow start to gain equal footing in the first half. Consecutive baskets by Trey Thompkins, the first a 3-pointer and the second a turnaround shot from 10 feet, put Georgia in front by its largest margin at 18-15 with 12:19 left.

That Thompkins bucket was the Bulldogs' last field goal for the next four minutes. In the meantime, Arkansas took control by scoring 11 straight points. Jason Henry got the Razorbacks the lead for good at 19-18 on a jumper with 11:21 left before halftime.

Albert Jackson ended the Georgia scoring drought with a hook shot at the 8:13 mark, pulling the Bulldogs with six at 26-20. Arkansas then blew the game open by scoring the next nine points, aided by six consecutive Bulldog turnovers. Stefan Welsh, the only key Arkansas player returning from the 2008 SEC Tournament finalist team, got the Razorbacks their largest lead at 47-30 on a 3-pointer with five seconds left.

The loss left Georgia winless against the SEC's Western Division for the first time since the league expanded in 1992.

Georgia returns to the road for its next contest when the Bulldogs play at Kentucky on Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m.

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