Fayetteville, AR-Junior Coty Clarke recorded his first career double-double to lead the University of Arkansas basketball team to its biggest win over the Kentucky Wildcats at Bud Walton Arena with a 13-point victory, 73-60, in front of a sold out crowd on Saturday afternoon.
Clarke’s double-double along with 30 Razorback points off turnovers and 20 offensive rebounds allowed Arkansas (18-11, 9-7 SEC) to take down Kentucky (20-9, 11-5 SEC) for the second consecutive time at “The Basketball Palace of Mid-America.”
“It was a heck of an effort from our guys,” head coach Mike Anderson said. “We came out and defended well and did a good job of taking Kentucky out of what they wanted to do. Our guys gave 110 percent in effort.”
Clarke recorded 14-points, a game-high 12 rebounds and a game-high six assists in Arkansas’ win over the Wildcats. A total of three Razorbacks finished the game in double-digits with Young contributing 13 points and Powell adding 15 with nine rebounds, just one shy of a double-double.
“Coach emphasized defense, making the wear and tear part of the game and taking advantage of their lack of bench depth,” Clarke said. “We amped it up in the second half and we clicked defensively.”
The Razorback defense put on a show as they forced Kentucky to a season-high 19 turnovers that resulted in the 30 points for the Hogs. Arkansas also nabbed 11 steals in the win, while also edging Kentucky on the glass 44-37.
“Our defense was good early,” Anderson said. “In the second half we really established our identity on defense and it increased our offense. Our blue collar group got our lead up and made Kentucky exert a lot of energy.”