Clarke, Arkansas pull away from SE Missouri 66-56

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP)—Rotnei Clarke scored 19 points and Arkansas overcame a sluggish first half to down Southeast Missouri State 66-56 Wednesday night.

Arkansas (3-0) used a 14-2 run early in the second half to build a 48-35 lead after Lucas Nutt’s 3-pointer pulled the Redhawks within one point just after halftime.

Delvon Johnson added 10 points and nine rebounds for the Razorbacks, and Julysses Nobles had 13 points.

Leon Powell, a former teammate of Johnson’s at Indian Hills Community College, had 12 points and seven rebounds for the Redhawks (0-5).

Southeast Missouri trailed by as many as 10 points early in the game before pulling within 34-30 at halftime thanks in large part to outrebounding the Razorbacks 23-15 before the intermission.

The game marked Southeast Missouri coach Dickey Nutt’s first trip back to Arkansas since resigning in 2008 after 13 years as coach at Arkansas State.

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 SE Missouri St.
Leon Powell Leon Powell
4-10,  12 Pts
7 Rebs, 0 Assists
Rotnei Clarke Rotnei Clarke
6-8,  19 Pts
5 Rebs, 1 Assists

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