Beverley Proves To Be Big Man For Hogs

AUSTIN, Texas -- Patrick Beverley seemed to be everywhere, whether it was hitting 3-pointers, knocking down free throws or battling in the paint against players who were at least six inches taller than him.

The 6-foot-1 freshman came from behind to block a layup by Texas guard D.J. Augustin, and Beverley gave Arkansas its first lead with a 3-pointer only 53 seconds into the second half.

But for as much energy as Beverley brought to the Erwin Center on Wednesday night, he didn't have enough down the stretch to prevent an 80-76 loss in front of an announced crowd of 11,936.

"As a guard, you just kind of play the guard position and as leader at the same, you try to do anything to win," Beverley said. "That's basically what I was trying to do today."

Beverley came out with an intensity and aggressiveness that the Razorbacks clearly lacked in Saturday's 71-56 loss to Texas Tech. The guard attacked the basket, grabbed six offensive rebounds in the first half and came within three assists of his first triple-double.

Beverley didn't hesitate to throw his body around in the lane, scoring 19 points, grabbing a career-high eight rebounds and handing out seven assists while playing all 40 minutes.

The hostile crowd didn't seem to bother the freshman, whose size and fearlessness around the basket is reminiscent of Allen Iverson.

"He's been playing like a composed player all year. He has not been rattled in any environment, and he's been very consistent for us," Arkansas coach Stan Heath said of Beverley.

"I just think he's a kid out of Chicago, and I don't think where he's from it makes a whole lot of difference what environment he plays in."

Beverley's 3-pointer gave Arkansas its first lead at 42-41 with 19:07 remaining, and he drained another long jumper less than three minutes later to extend the advantage to 51-47.

But Beverley couldn't keep up the pace while playing every minute and asked to defend Augustin. The freshman knocked down a 3-pointer with 11:05 left, but that was the last basket the freshman made.

Afterward, Beverley disagreed with the suggestion that he was tired down the stretch, causing his hot start to cool some over the final minutes.

"It was just mental," Beverley said. "I took quick shots in the second half, I wasn't in tune and I didn't do a good job in trying to have every possession."




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