BasketBlog: Delaware State

8:50 p.m. — Tomorrow night, right back here for Arkansas women’s basketball and Coppin State. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. Good night from Fayetteville.

8:49 p.m. — Ball game at Walton Arena as Razorbacks defeat Delaware State, 71-53. Hogs move to 4-5 on the season while DSU drops to 4-3.

8:49 p.m. — Bryant three-pointer takes Arkansas to 71-51 lead, Threatt bucket will get it back under 20 for the final.

8:48 p.m. — Hornets meanwhile have strugled from the field.

8:47 pm. — Good defense and a hot hand are the difference tonight — eight straight field goals in the opening moments of the second half and a 80% mark right now as DSU shoots free throws. Washington sits down to a round of applause. 68-49 Arkansas with 56.1 left.

8:45 p.m. — Time out as the Hogs keep their distance, but DSU is fighting to keep the margin under 20, now 66-48 as the pace has slowed, 1:40 left in the game.

8:40 p.m. — Neal three-pointer disrupts a 18-5 run for Arkansas, Razorbacks go to final media time out up 17, 60-43.

8:39 p.m. — Washington brings down the dunk and raises up the crowd, Hogs now 60-38 as the Hornets have stalled.

8:35 p.m. — Clarke’s three makes it 8 straight for the half as Hogs blister the nets at an 88.9% pace in the second, up 57-38.

8:31 p.m. — Powell’s drive and foul (6 straight for team) take us to the media time out at 51-35. He’s at 20 points with the FT to go.

8:30 p.m. — Clarke’s baseline jumper is fifth straight field goal (but first in 2 min thanks to the fouls and FTs), 49-33 Arkansas.

8:27 p.m. — Combination of Razorback zone and the desire to work the clock down are really slwing the pace. Quick foul on Britt’s rebound will send him to the line for 1-and-1 with 9:25 left in the game and UA up 47-33. DSU’s Greg Jackson calls a quick time out that will be extended to a full.

8:25 p.m. — And there’s another shooting foul — team foul number six for DSU — Johnson misses first, makes second. In the first six fouls, four were shooting by DSU and now Hogs get to shoot bonus.

8:25 p.m. — Another foul for DSU, they’re starting to pile up, and back to the free throw line for Arkansas. Hogs are now 4-6 at line in second half, 46-33.

8:23 p.m. — Apparently the fly half for DSU held posession (I’ve now used my only rugby term) and the Hornets inbound.

8:19 p.m. — A scrum under the far basket takes us to the media time out. Hogs up 44-33 at 11:40. After missing its first shot of the half, Arkansas now four straight from the field for the 11-point lead.

8:18 p.m. — Washington checks out, Hogs show FCP; Hornets survive it and work for a three-pointer, 40-33.

8:17 p.m. — Washington battles against double team for shot, gets own rebound then puts it back for 40-30 Arkansas — a 4-0 Mike run.

8:16 p.m. — Neal’s reverse layup off the rebound cuts it to six, 36-30; Washington drives the lane to snap a 5:51 run without a field goal for Arkansas to put the lead back to 38-30.

8:15 p.m. — A defensive battle to open the second half, only six total points scored; Hogs up 35-28 with Mike Washington going to the line. Washington gets one of two. Arkansas has yet to make a field goal in the second half. However, we’ve also only shot the ball officially once (two shots wiped off for fouls).

8:13 p.m. — Foul on Delaware State sends us to the time out, 15:40 with Hogs up, 35-28.

8:12 p.m. — Greg Smith’s jumper cuts it to 35-28.

8:12 p.m. — Crowd comes to life as Hogs go up floor, unfortunately a travel.

8:11 p.m. — Still 36-26 at 16:40 as DSU obviously is trying to take as much time off and slow the game. Look for a shot with 2 seconds left on shot clock before Powell packs the shot to draw a jump ball.

8:10 p.m. — Of course, DSU has just a three-pointer so it’s 3-1 Hornets in the first three minutes of the second half — a physical battle.

8:09 p.m. — Intentional foul on Marcus Neal on Mike Washington at 17:27, back iron and side iron before popping out on the first, kind roll on the second. Hogs inbound after the rough foul. At 17:27, that’s UA’s first points of a very defensive second half.

8:05 p.m. — Inbounds for Delaware State to start the second half.

8:02 p.m. — As we get ready for the second half, Arkansas has been solid everyone on the court except at the free throw line. Razorbacks are shooting only 2-of-7 for 28.6%. But that’s right about what DSU is shooting for the game from the field — 29.2%.

7:52 p.m. — Down to two students, now they have to make the layup, free throw and a three-pointer before heading for the last bean bag. Both are down to the trey, after several misses. They both make and race for center court. Caleb Kortsmeir — hope I’m spelling that right — win the judges ruling.

7:50 p.m. — Musical bean bags for a $500 in books for a student. We have five contestants. They have to go from mid-court, make the layup then race back to a beanbag at mid court.

7:48 p.m. — Hogs have to go the length, throw deep to Sanchez who keeps the pass inbounds at the baseline; tosses it back in and Welsh squares up for a good look as the buzzer sounds, rims out so we go to half at 34-23.

7:48 p.m. — Clarke deep from the left corner puts it back to 11, 34-23; DSU gets the last shot and can’t make then rebound.

7:47 p.m. — DSU recovers from the miss, gets a three-pointer from Alibaba Odd to cut the Hog lead back under double digits, 31-23. Pelphrey calls TO to refocus with 37.6 seconds left in the half.

7:45 p.m. — We can’t type that reaction to a miss from Delaware State’s player in a family blog, but drew a lot of chuckles across the entire baseline.

7:44 p.m. — Powell scoops up a loose ball for his 14th point, 31-19, at 2:11

7:42 p.m. — Clarke connects looooong for his first three-pointer and the margin is back to 10, 29-19, at 2:58.

7:42 p.m. — Johnson gets Arkansas to 10 points, but Neal’s three-pointer cuts it back to seven, 26-19.

7:39 p.m. — Razorbacks take their 9-point spread to the final media time out of the half, 24-15; Hogs hitting 50%, DSU 26%.

7:37 p.m. — When it treys, it pours as Welsh comes down from a three-pointer, 24-15, and next trip, Clarke just misses another three. Hogs get rebound, and work it inside for a shooting foul for Powell.

7:36 p.m. — Three-pointer by Powell takes him to 12 overall and snaps a 7-3 run by DSU, 21-15, just over five minutes to play.

7:36 p.m. — Pair of Razorback turnovers and patient offense by Delaware State brings the Hornets to back within a bucket at 18-15.

7:34 p.m. — Johnson’s backboard shaking dunk ends the offensive pause by both teams; Razorbacks put FCP on Hornets and results in a travel; UA up 18-13.

7:32 p.m. — Only one field goal between the teams in the last two minutes; UA leading 16-13 at 3rd media time out

7:27 p.m. — Like a pesky version of their mascot, DSU won’t go away, down 16-12. Pelphrey needs to get out the big can of Hornet spray.

7:25 p.m. — Second media time out at 10:09, UA 15-10 over Delaware St, but Hornets have overtaken Nobles’ with 9 points to lead all scorers.

7:22 p.m. — Back to back defensive buckets for Arkansas and the Hogs in some full court press shaking up DSU, 15-6.

7:20 p.m. — Sanchez checks in for Powell giving Delaware State a chance to catch up.

7:19 p.m. — Razorback early hot hand is cooling to 45.5% from the first time out 62%, but nothing is as frigid as the Hornets — 10% from the field.

7:18 p.m. — Powell gets fouled inside again, front and back iron before popping the first free throw out, second one is down in the cylinder before the miss — tough luck, still his 9 points leads all and Delaware State.

7:14 p.m. — Arkansas is opening the game shooting 62.5% from the field, led by Powell’s 8; DSU is hitting only 20%; Arkansas up 10-4 at 15:31 1st

7:13 p.m. — Powell ends what seems like a long scoring drought for both teams with a layup and a foul; takes us to media time out at 10-4.

7:10 p.m. — Nobles with the steal and coast to coast for 8-2.

7:10 p.m. — Neal gets the Hornets on the board with a driving floater; Powell matches with a jump stop drive finessing his way to the rack; 6-2.

7:09 p.m. — Powell again, give the assist to Nobles; 4-0 Razorbacks.

7:09 p.m. — Your blogspot view from the east baseline.

7:07 p.m. — Tipoff controlled by Arkansas, Powell’s baseline deuce opens the game 2-0.

7:07 p.m. — Delaware State’s dark red numbers with very little white trim are hard to read.

7:04 p.m. — Student section welcomes the opponent with the traditional cheers and signs: Who Cares (Smith), What’s that Smell (Sandidge), Who’s She (Welcher), What’s that Smell (Threat),Big Deal (Neal), and of course, Nice Hair for head coach Greg Jackson.

7:00 p.m. — Delaware State returns to the floor in their dark red warm-up tops and black shorts with red trim; Razorbacks on the far end in their all white sleeveless shooting shirts and uniforms.

6:58 p.m. — And your clubhouse leader for best opponent name — 6-3 freshman from Philadelphia for the DSU Hornets, number 11, Alibaba Odd.

6:57 p.m. — Crowd still moving in tonight, media crowd a little down as Razorback football has first bowl practice tonight and a press conference may have just ended.

6:54 p.m. — National Anthem

6:52 p.m. — Here are your starters for tonight: Arkansas, Washington, Farmer, Clarke, Nobles and Powell; Delaware State, Welcher,Threatt, Neal, Smith, Sandidge.

6:51 p.m. — Remember tonight’s game streams live for RazorVision members, with the audio provided by the Razorback Sports Network — Mike Nail and Rick Schaefer.

6:45 p.m. — Don’t forget we have women’s basketball here at Walton Arena tomorrow night with Coppin State, also at 7 p.m.

6:44 p.m. — Razorbacks are back on the floor for pregame warmups; and looks like all hands are on deck for tonight. Razorback spirit groups are making their entry into the arena and we are 18 minutes to tip.

6:35 p.m. — We have news tonight regarding the Alabama-Birmingham game on Jan. 2 — tipoff is now 11 a.m.

6:30 p.m. — Good evening and welcome to the east baseline at Bud Walton Arena.