FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Marshawn Powell still insists he's not 100 percent after last season's knee injury.
Powell's less than best served him just fine Tuesday night, with the Arkansas forward tallying season highs of 21 points and 10 rebounds in an 89-60 win over Florida A&M.
The junior, who missed all but two games last season with a torn ACL in his right knee, was 8 of 14 shooting in 22 minutes of action — adding four dunks and a pair of blocks to help the Razorbacks (3-0) remain undefeated. Powell said afterward that he's "95 percent" healthy, though he's nearing a return to the form that led to last year's preseason first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection.
"I just try to attack the rim as hard as I can," Powell said. "Luckily, I (am) up that high.
"... I just play hard. I try my best not to take a play off because I feel like if I take a play off, it's hurting my team in some kind of way. I just play as hard as I can, and what I get at the end of the day is what I get."
Rickey Scott added 13 points as five players finished in double figures for Arkansas, which held the Rattlers (0-4) scoreless for nearly seven minutes in the second half to put the game out of reach. The Razorbacks scored 32 points off 22 Florida A&M turnovers.
Reggie Lewis led the Rattlers with 15 points, while Muhammed Abdul-Aleem had 14 and Jamari Bradshaw 13. Florida A&M, which got 14 rebounds from Markee Teal, is now 0-34 against the SEC.
Arkansas led by as many as 21 points in the first half, sparked by a pair of early dunks by Powell, and took a 49-31 halftime lead. The 6-foot-7 Powell then opened the second half with his third dunk off an assist by Ky Madden, and he followed soon after with a two-handed dunk on a putback to put the Razorbacks up 55-36.
"Well, he's playing athletic and he was the recipient of some nice passes, particularly the one Ky gave him in the second half down the middle," Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said. "It's good to see him go to the basket with that kind of aggressiveness."
Following's Powell's last dunk, Florida A&M answered with an 8-0 run. Capped by 3-pointers by Lewis and Bradshaw, the Rattlers cut the Arkansas lead to 55-44 with 15:15 remaining.
They didn't score again until a pair of free throws by Abdul-Aleem with 8:38 remaining, a stretch of 6:37 without a point. Florida A&M went 8:04 without a field goal following Bradshaw's 3-pointer, finally connecting on a Lewis jumper with 7:11 remaining.
"We spent so much energy to cut it down there, we got it down to 11 ..." Florida A&M coach Clemon Johnson said. "We had used all our bodies there. If we take those guys out, we're dropping down two or three levels whereas they're bringing their starters back in on top of us."
Arkansas took full advantage of the shooting woes of the Rattlers, who finished 20 of 63 (31.7 percent) from the field.
Following Bradshaw's 3-pointer, the Razorbacks went on a 13-0 run and took a 68-44 lead — with Powell and the rest of the starters on the bench for much of the stretch. A game after its bench outscored Longwood 58-15, Arkansas' reserves once again played well — outscoring Florida A&M 35-20 and led by Scott's production in 19 minutes of action.
"I think the bench definitely helped us tonight, bringing energy off the bench," Scott said.
BJ Young finished with 12 points for the Razorbacks, while Mardracus Wade had 11 and Coty Clarke 10. Wade was 3 of 3 on 3-pointers.
The Razorbacks return to action Friday in Las Vegas against Arizona State.