Hill Has Career Night In Loss

FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas center Steven Hill was bouncing off the walls in the interview room, trying to explain what had just happened late Wednesday night.

Moments earlier, Hill witnessed Georgia shock the Razorbacks 67-64 on a buzzer beater in front of 17,341 stunned fans in Bud Walton Arena.

With his eyes staring at the ceiling and his head slightly bumping, and his long hair brushing against the thick, white, concrete wall, Hill was barely audible as he politely answered questions.

"You can't be good some of the time," Hill said. "You've got to be good all of the time."

Hill played good enough and probably deserved much, much better than another heartbreaking loss.

It was the 7-foot, 250-pound junior's best offensive output. He scored a career high 15 points -- his previous high was 12 against Stephen F. Austin earlier this season -- and grabbed 7 rebounds and blocked 4 shots for good measure.

Apparently, it wasn't a fluke, either.

In his last three games, Hill is 12 of 12 from the floor. Wednesday night, Hill was 6 of 6 from the floor and 3 of 4 from the free-throw line.

Still, Hill found all that positive arithmetic as little consolation.

"Stephen Hill had his best game tonight," Arkansas coach Stan Heath said. "He's becoming more and more of an inside threat that we need to continue to get the ball to him."

Hill said that wasn't always possible.

"They pressured us at first," Hill said. "That kind of gave us some problems but we were expecting that. So, we got stagnant. We weren't moving.

"I really can't give you a reason for that. In the second half, we got a lot of easy layups and dunks. The guards did a good job of getting us the ball inside."

Getting inside usually meant getting it into Hill, who was the Hogs' most productive interior player.

"Everybody says he's not an offensive threat," Razorbacks swingman Sonny Weems said. "We tried to get him more easy shots around the basket.

"He kept us in the game."


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