Fayetteville (AP) — Marcus Britt and Julysses Nobles proved Friday night that Arkansas doesn't always have to rely on Rotnei Clarke to shoot the 3-pointer.
Britt and Nobles each made four shots from long distance as Arkansas defeated Texas-Arlington 87-74.
Britt, a senior guard, finished with a career-high 16 points to lead the Razorbacks (10-2), while guards Nobles and Jeff Peterson each scored 15 and senior center Delvon Johnson had 12.
Britt said Arkansas' opponents have been focused on Clarke in every game this season and that it was a matter of time before other players took advantage of open shots.
"They have been sagging off us a little bit recently," said Britt, who's now finished in double digits in back-to-back games for the first time in his career. "We've been wide open the whole time. You have to be aggressive and take the wide-open shot."
Clarke, who's shot 43 percent from 3-point range this season, finished with only two points. Clarke leads the team in scoring this season with 15.5 points per game.
Arkansas' Marshawn Powell returned from a one-game suspension, coming off the bench early in the first half and finishing with nine points and five rebounds.
Arkansas coach John Pelphrey said he made the decision Thursday afternoon to play Powell after a long discussion with him after practice.
Arkansas had a slow start in the first half, but went into halftime with a three-point lead after Nobles hit a 3-pointer from the perimeter as time expired. It was the second time this year Nobles has scored at the halftime buzzer to give Arkansas a lead.
"I thought our guards were pretty efficient tonight," Pelphrey said. "None of them took a lot of shots, but they made a lot of shots. We needed that, and they were efficient, especially with some of our guys in foul trouble."
The Mavericks (5-7) shot only 31.3 percent (5 of 16) from 3-point range and committed 16 turnovers. Arkansas capitalized from those turnovers by scoring 23 points.
Cameron Catlett led the Mavericks with 17 points, six assists and a team-high seven rebounds while Darius Richardson finished with 10 points. UTA lead 33-25 late in the first half before a 12-1 Hog run gave the edge to Arkansas.
"Offensively, we did a lot of good things," Texas-Arlington coach Scott Cross said. "We were able to score the basketball with a little bit of success and get the ball inside. Unfortunately, we were not near as good defensively as we were the other night against Kansas."
The Razorbacks extended their lead in the second half by getting several open looks from 3-point range. Arkansas led by as many as 20 points with 9:43 left in the game when Glenn Bryant completed a three-point play by getting fouled on a layup.