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Young, Scott lead Arkansas by Savannah State 83-66

BJ Young and Rickey Scott scored 17 points apiece as Arkansas held on for an 83-66 win over Savannah State on Tuesday night.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - BJ Young and Rickey Scott scored 17 points apiece as Arkansas held on for an 83-66 win over Savannah State on Tuesday night.

The win is the sixth straight for the Razorbacks (11-3), who open Southeastern Conference play at home on Saturday against Mississippi State. Arkansas is 11-0 in Bud Walton Arena this season.

Scott finished in double figures for the fourth straight game, leading the Razorbacks in scoring for the third time during that stretch. Young, Arkansas' leading scorer for the season, made his second career start - faring much better than a six-point effort in his previous start on Dec. 17.

Arnold Louis led the Tigers (5-9), who shot just 38.5 percent, with 13 points.

The Razorbacks led 53-30 early in the second half after a 3-pointer by Mardracus Wade. However, Savannah State rallied to cut the deficit to 68-62 on a basket by Louis.

Marvell Waithe was fouled during a 3-point attempt on the Razorbacks' next possession and made all three free throws to put Arkansas up 71-62. That started an 11-0 run for the Razorbacks, who finished the game on a 15-4 surge.

The run included a thundering two-hand dunk on a fast break by Young, who finished 6 of 11 from the floor and hit a pair of 3-pointers. The freshman, who was in the lineup in place of Julysses Nobles, made his second start of the season.

Arkansas never trailed and led by 21 points in the first half. The Razorbacks scored 14 points off 10 Tigers turnovers and outrebounded Savannah State 26-11 in the half.

Waithe added 14 points and Wade 10 for Arkansas, which shot 50 percent. The Razorbacks finished with a 46-28 rebounding advantage, helping offset 23 turnovers.

Deric Rudolph added 11 points for the Tigers.

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