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February 22, 2013

Young lifts Arkansas past Georgia 62-60

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas' BJ Young didn't have to think back long to remember what to do with the ball in the closing seconds.

Young, who scored on back-to-back three-point plays in the closing minute to beat Missouri last week, was at it again on Thursday night — hitting a spinning layup with 6 seconds remaining to give the Razorbacks a 62-60 win over Georgia.

"Same play, same setup as the Missouri game," Young said. "We like to call (it) at the end of the game, and then I capitalized on it."

The win is the third straight for the Razorbacks, their longest winning streak in Southeastern Conference play in three seasons and longest under second-year coach Mike Anderson.

Arkansas (17-9, 8-5) led by as many as 11 points in the second half before the Bulldogs (12-14, 6-7) rallied to take a 56-53 lead with 2:33 remaining. Young, however, hit his second game-winning shot in as many games to improve the Razorbacks to 16-1 at home.

Anthlon Bell led Arkansas with a career-high 17 points, while Marshawn Powell added 11.

"It wasn't how we had planned it to happen," Anderson said. "An old coach used to tell me, 'A raggedy ride is better than a smooth walk.'

"We didn't play our best, but we found a way to win."

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored all 15 of his points in the second half to lead Georgia, which has now lost three straight after a five-game winning streak.

The Bulldogs trailed throughout, eventually rallying to take a 56-53 lead with 2:33 remaining after a 3-pointer by Caldwell-Pope.

Powell, who was saddled with foul trouble for much of the game and played only 15 minutes, answered with a 3-pointer on the other end for Arkansas. Powell then put the Razorbacks up 60-58 with less than a minute remaining, but Caldwell-Pope had an answer of his own to tie the game.

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