Arkansas Beats No. 4 Oklahoma 96-88

Wednesday, December 31st 2008, 12:13 pm
By: News On 6

Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Michael Washington had 24 points and 11 rebounds, holding his own against Oklahoma's Blake Griffin, and Arkansas handed the fourth-ranked Sooners their first loss of the season, 96-88.

The Razorbacks (10-1) led by 25 points in the second half before the Sooners nearly pulled off a sensational rally. Oklahoma (12-1) cut the margin to 81-77, but Washington scored Arkansas' next seven points to enable the Hogs to hold on.

When it was over, Rotnei Clarke -- an Arkansas freshman from Verdigris, Okla. -- held the ball and shared a hug with Washington as the final seconds ticked away on Oklahoma's unbeaten record.

Freshman Courtney Fortson had 12 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds for Arkansas.

Freshman Willie Warren scored 35 points for the Sooners, while Griffin had 21 points and 13 rebounds.