Hogs Rebound In Second Half For Win

FAYETTEVILLE — Fresh off a 22-point whipping at the hands of Missouri, it took Arkansas some time to get going before notching a 71-61 win against Missouri-Kansas City in front of 8,052 fans in Bud Walton Arena on Saturday.

Razorbacks coach Stan Heath knew it wasn't his team's best effort. "The last 30 minutes of the game were better than the first 10," Heath said. "We stunk it up. I realize that. We were real sluggish. "I don't want to make excuses at all, but the last 24 hours, getting stuck (coming back from Missouri), not having the chance to practice. It had an effect. "We looked confused." Arkansas (6-1) trailed 31-28 at halftime and that didn't please Heath in the least bit. "There was no intensity, we weren't getting after it," Heath said. "There wasn't a lot of energy. I just challenged the guys to play like they are supposed to play, play like we've been playing. "We hadn't played at home in a while and we needed to pick ourselves up. "We did that in the second half." It was the inside game, sorely missing in the first half, which proved to be the difference for the Razorbacks. Forwards Darian Townes and Charles Thomas did most of the damage, combining for 35 points and 16 rebounds. Townes finished with season highs in points (19) and rebounds (8). Thomas scored 16 points, and also had 8 rebounds. "We had to pick up the pace," Townes said. "We came out real slow, came out real slow. You know, he got after us and said to keep our heads up and come out strong." That's exactly what the Razorbacks did, especially Townes, who scored 7 of his team's first 13 points of the second half. "We saw what the score was at half and they were winning," Townes. "We came out strong in the second half and got things going." Thomas said Heath got his message across at halftime. "He was just being coach," Thomas said. "He was just positive about it. We knew we were in the game and it was only a matter of coming out and playing with more intensity. "That's what we did." That Figures 7 Number of turnovers by UMKC 8 Number of season-high in rebounds for Razorbacks forward Darian Townes 16 Number of turnovers by Arkansas 19 Number of season high in points for Townes 28 Number of 3-point attempts by Missouri-Kansas City 8,052 Attendance at Saturday's game

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