Arkansas 72, Winthrop 49

Olu Famutmi has 17 points and 8 rebounds and Eric Ferguson 16 as Arkansas gets a spark from head coach Stan Heath's technical and then rolls to a win in the opening round of the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands.

A steal and a wide-open path to the opposite basket.

But there was no tomahawk, no backward reverse. Just a routine two-handed slam and a jog back upcourt.

Rashard Sullivan got one shot each.

Arkansas settled for 3-pointers and hit a decent clip at 6 of 11, but the Razorbacks collected few offensive rebounds off their long misses and Heath told his team -- like he told the media -- that they couldn't be just a perimeter team.

"We weren't rebounding the ball very well," Heath said. "They were getting too many second shots and we were being a totally perimeter oriented team. We had to get it more inside or penetrate so we could draw more fouls."

In the second half, the fluttering Eagles stopped moving their feet on defense and were called for several blocking and hand-checking calls to put Arkansas in the bonus with nine minutes left.

The free throws allowed Arkansas to set its press even better and Winthrop came very close to two backcourt violations after Razorback makes from the charity stripe.

"We didn't doubt them," Famutimi said. "They won 16 games last year, so they ain't no bums. We just kicked it in the second half and knocked down some shots. But what won the game for us was our defense."

Hill blocked 4 shots officially, but he had at least a couple more deflections and several shots altered. He again picked up two quick fouls after earning the start in his first collegiate game, but was instrumental in starting Arkansas' run in the second half.

After Heath's technical foul, Hill blocked three shots in less than two minutes.

"He responded well in the second half," Heath said of Hill. "He had some key blocks, he was a presence for us in a key part of that game.

"Darian settled down in the second half, too."

Sophomore Ronnie Brewer had 11 points in 26 minutes and said Arkansas has to rebound better and cut down on the turnovers -- Winthrop scored 16 points off 15 Hog giveaways -- but the constant defensive pressure will carry it through rough shooting nights.

"We know we're well conditioned," Brewer said. "If we keep fighting, we can effect things later in the game. We know if we continue to do the things we do, we'll be a successful team."

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