Arkansas Swingman Finishes Strong

FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas swingman Sonny Weems didn't start, but oh how he finished against Oral Roberts on Friday night.

Weems, who was a tad late for the pregame meal, looked like he was mighty hungry during his team's 68-56 win in front of 14,338 fans in Bud Walton Arena.

Weems played 34 solid minutes, scored 18 points, grabbed 3 rebounds and dazzled the crowd time-and-time again with his thunderous dunks.

Early on, he was a real difference maker without question.

Teammate Patrick Beverley boldly predicted Weems could be the difference between winning and losing all season.

"If we get Sonny Weems going early, we're going to win every game," Beverley said. "You can mark that down. You can quote me on that.

"Yeah, You should put that in a headline. You should. You should. If we get him going early, we'll win every game.

"I'll say that now."

Weems, a 6-foot-6, 200-pound junior transfer from Arkansas-Fort Smith showed his aggressiveness for the second straight game and the results were again positive.

"I'm coming out and letting the game come to me," Weems said. "That's all I'm trying to do right now.

"As long as the guards get it to me in the transition game, I came finish it. We've got good point guards in Gary Irvin and Sean McCurdy, so I can make good plays and I can make those guys assists go up.

"I'm used to starting, so it was not a good thing for you," Weems said. "I've been used to starting all my life.

"I felt like I need to redeem myself for being late."

It was obvious Weems accomplished that goal.

"Sonny Weems is a big-time player," Arkansas forward Charles Thomas said. "He's a JUCO All-America and now he's showing people what he's capable of doing.

"He's a slasher and uses his stamina. He doesn't get tired."

Weems and the rest of his teammates now get to rest. Arkansas doesn't play again until it hosts Louisiana Tech on Dec. 30.

"It's going to be a good advantage," Weems said. "We'll get to go home for a little bit, chill with our family and get our mind off of basketball. Then, we've got to come back and get our mind back on basketball.

"Until then, it's be a good break."

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