Former UA Three-Sport Letterman Attends Game

FAYETTEVILLE -- Jim Bane, a former three-sport letterman at the University of Arkansas, attended Monday's 83-54 Arkansas win against Lipscomb as the guest of former Razorback Tommy Boyer.

Bane, originally from Branson, Mo., played basketball for Arkansas from 1963-65, during which time he also was a Southwest Conference high jump champion and a Hogs baseball player.

Now a resident of Greenville, S.C., Bane is a sales manager and marketing director for Day International. He oversees the company's interests in South America.

Bane was a smooth-shooting 6-foot-2 guard for UA coach Glen Rose. Monday marked just his second visit to Bud Walton Arena.

"I thought I was one of just two Razorbacks ever to come from Branson, along with Steven Hill," Bane said. "But now I've found out that Jim Sailer (UA basketball letterman, 1952-53) was from Branson, too."

After graduating from Arkansas, Bane signed a baseball contract with former St. Louis Cardinals scout Fred Hawn of Fayetteville and went immediately to the Cardinals' Class A club in Rock Hill, S.C.

"I replaced Steve Carlton on their roster, and he was in the big leagues by the end of that season," Bane recalled.

Bane played shortstop for manager Hal Smith his first season and for Sparky Anderson the next year.

"One night Sparky got so mad at me that I went straight from the field to the bus," Bane said.

Bane said he plans to attend the Southeastern Conference Women's Basketball Tournament in Greenville this season.

Last Time ...
Arkansas hadn't trailed an opponent since late in the first half of a 62-52 win at Missouri on Dec. 7, but allowed Lipscomb to jump out to a 4-0 lead on Monday.

Thanks to back-to-back buckets by Brian Fisk, the Bisons led by as many as five (12-7) with 14:14 remaining in the first half.

The last time the Hogs faced a five-point deficit was during a 72-60 loss to then-No. 5 Illinois on Dec. 4.

Before Monday's game, the Razorbacks hadn't trailed an opponent in over 100 minutes of play or two and a half games.

Zone Buster
Arkansas was outscored 11-7 in the final 3:45 when it went to a zone defense for the first time since exhibition play.

Leading the Bisons' game-ending spurt was three, 3-pointers from James Poindexter.

"Obviously, we're not a good zone team and that's the coach's fault," said Arkansas coach Stan Heath. "I thought they were trying to spread us out and we had (big men) Darian (Townes) and Steven (Hill) in there at the same time and I didn't feel comfortable with them chasing some guys around.

"But what used to be a primary defense for us is in the backpack now."

500 Club
Hogs sophomore Ronnie Brewer needs just three points to reach 500 for his career. He scored 13 points while also dishing out five assists in Monday's win.

Trough Talk
An errant pass from Lipscomb point guard Labrian Lyons to Eddie Ard, who had started his break to the block, spurred the chant, "Catch the ball ... It's a simple thing!" from the student section.

They also yelled "Sponge Bob square pants!," which didn't make much sense, but still received some laughs, while Ard was shooting free throws in the closing minutes.

Brave Official
Former Atlanta Braves catcher Bruce Benedict was one of the three officials working Monday's game.

Heating Up
Arkansas sophomore Olu Famutimi's 15 points were the most he's put up since scoring 17 in the season-opening 72-49 win against Winthrop. He was 3 of 5 from 3-point range.

"They were giving me wide open shots, so I just went ahead and took them," Famutimi said. "I was coming off the screens real good and getting good looks. Plus, my point guard was really looking for me coming off those screens and that's what got me going."

Famutimi had broke double digits twice since the opener, scoring 11 points in wins against Troy and Tulsa last month.

Like Father, Like Son
Lipscomb sixth-year coach Scott Sanderson is the son of former Alabama coach Wimp Sanderson.

Jones' Zone
Michael Jones has seen his minutes increase over the past two games, but scored just two points in 10 minutes Monday. He was 1 of 4 from the field, including going 0 for 2 from 3-point range.

"I'm always confident in my shooting," Jones said. "I really haven't seen a shot that I didn't like, so that's where the confidence comes from."

Jones, who was averaging 2.9 minutes prior to the last two games, scored a season-high eight points in 18 minutes against Prairie View on Saturday.

Morning News staff writer Grant Hall contributed to this report.

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