Posted: Wednesday December 19, 2012 4:33 AM

Arkansas' Powell showing off new outside ability

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Marshawn Powell's knee injury might have cost him most of last season. His down time, however, has provided the Arkansas junior with an unexpected benefit.

Known primarily for his work underneath the basket before this season, Powell has turned into one of the team's best outside shooters. The 6-foot-7 forward leads Arkansas (5-4) in 3-pointers made (11) and 3-point shooting percentage (50 percent), both surprising considering the source.

Powell entered the season a career 22.4 percent shooter from behind the arc, having connected on only 15 of 67 attempts. But he's hit 11 of 22 this season, including an 8-of-12 stretch over his last three games.

The addition of a consistent outside game also has helped improve Powell's inside play. He's shooting a career-best 52.4 percent (52 of 103) from the field this season.

 
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