Wednesday December 5, 2012

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- BJ Young’s last-minute recovery was the perfect addition to Marshawn Powell’s career night for Arkansas.

Young’s floater in the closing minute helped the Razorbacks snap a three-game losing streak with an 81-78 win over Oklahoma on Tuesday.

Powell added a career-high 33 points to help Arkansas (4-3), which avoided its first four-game losing streak since closing out the 2009-10 season with six straight losses. The junior bested his previous career high of 29 points, which was set against Appalachian State in 2009.

The Sooners (6-2) rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit to take a 78-77 lead in the closing minutes.

However, Young’s running shot in the lane put Arkansas back ahead for good.

Romero Osby led the Sooners with 22 points, while Amath M’Baye finished with 14 and Steven Pledger 12. Oklahoma was 31 of 56 (55 percent) from the field.

Arkansas, which led all except in the early going, led by as many as 11 points early in the second half -- taking a 53-42 lead after a basket on the break by Hunter Mickelson.

Oklahoma rallied and took a 78-77 lead in the closing minute after a second straight 3-pointer by Pledger with 22 seconds remaining.