Arkansas, shooting 60 percent from the field in the second half, may have earned its most impressive road victory of the Stan Heath era Tuesday night with a 62-52 verdict before 10,008 at Mizzou Center in Columbia, Mo.
Brewer, the 6-8 sophomore guard, poured in 20 points and also added five assists -- many of them for spectacular dunks or layins -- to pace the Razorbacks.
Arkansas led by only 27-25 at the half and saw its lead cut to 31-30 and 40-38, the latter with 8:51 to play.
But the Hogs would never let the Tigers closer as Brewer worked his magic and Eric Ferguson hit two big buckets in transition.
Ferguson's first key shot came when he pulled up on a one-on-two situation to nail a 13-footer as he hit the foul line for a 44-38 advantage with 6:29 to play.
The Tigers clawed back to within 47-44 with 3:59 to play, but Ferguson silenced that run with the Hogs' only 3-pointer of the game, a catch-and-fire dagger just after the Hogs crossed midcourt with 3:34 to play.
Brewer helped the Hogs keep the lead at 57-50 with a layup, a lob to Olu Famutimi for a dunk and a pair of free throws at the 1:39 mark. Dontell Jefferson and Jonathon Modica combined to make five of six from the line in the final 67 seconds.
Brewer, just 1 of 7 from the line in his last game, made all six of his foul shots after revising his free throw routine in the last two days.
"Ronnie has really worked hard on his foul shooting," Heath said. "I thought he played a great game. I look now at the stat sheet and see where he played 35 minutes and I said I wouldn't play him that much this week, but I never wanted to take him out. He stayed out there and did a great job."
The Hogs didn't have any one else in double figures, but did have some nice balance. Olu Famutimi scored eight points, all on lobs around the basket. Darian Townes, who was big in a UA charge just before halftime, added 7, along with Ferguson. Charles Thomas and Jefferson each scored 6 points. Modica added 3 and Steven Hill scored 2 points.
"I thought Hill's presence was big again," Heath said. "He blocked four shots and he made one big block when our lead was just one point. Darian was really good on offense for us in the first half, but he was letting his man set up too low inside and we had to go with Hill more in the second half. We'll get that fixed."
The Hogs improved to 6-1 on the season as they head into semester exams. Missouri is 4-4.
Heath said he will give his players two days off from practice before resuming workouts at 7:30 a.m. Friday. The Hogs won't have their arena except for early morning workouts this week because of the annual Holiday Hoops Tournament. The Hogs play host to Tennessee State on Thursday, Dec. 16 in their next outing.
Arkansas 62, Missouri 52
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