Struggles From Behind The Arc Plague Hogs

AUBURN, Ala. -- Arkansas guard Patrick Beverley drained a pair of 3-pointers over the final two minutes and 10 seconds to keep his team within striking distance of Auburn.

Unfortunately for the Razorbacks, they made only one 3-pointer over the first 37:50 of Wednesday's 67-59 loss in Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum.

In a dreadful shooting performance that was hard to explain afterward, Arkansas missed all nine of its 3-point attempts in the first half and finished just 3-for-18 from behind the arc.

"It all just came down to we didn't make shots," said point guard Sean McCurdy, who missed on his only 3-point attempt. "We've got to knock down our open 3s, we've got to play inside-out basketball and that's something we did not do tonight."

In Saturday's 83-66 rout of Ole Miss, Beverley sank six 3-pointers and Arkansas combined to make 12-of-28 attempts to give the Razorbacks an outside presence. But the performance couldn't be matched four days later.

Point guard Gary Ervin made Arkansas' first 3-pointer at 15:52 in the second half, but nearly 14 minutes went by before Beverley made the first of his two shots from behind the arc to cut Auburn's lead to 59-55 with 2:10 remaining.

"Give (Auburn) credit, they played hard, but we just didn't knock down shots," said Ervin, who finished 1-for-4 on 3-pointers. "It's just plain and simple."

The three 3-pointers is the fewest by the Razorbacks since they made just 2-of-15 attempts in a 79-72 loss at Florida on Jan. 9.

"I really thought we had some shots, and we just didn't make them," Arkansas coach Stan Heath said. "Patrick had some looks early, and (the shots) didn't fall. Gary had a couple wide-open ones, and they didn't fall. Sonny (Weems) and Charles (Thomas) even in the game had a couple. That happens sometimes and that's why it's really important to have other ways to score."

Two For One

Before Wednesday, guard Frank Tolbert had played 72 games at Auburn without recording a double-double. His first one came on No. 73.

Tolbert was more than halfway to his first career double-double in the first half of Wednesday's win over Arkansas, scoring seven points and grabbing six rebounds.

The 6-foot-4 junior made it official after halftime, tying for the team lead with 18 points to go along with his 10 rebounds in the win.

"It gives us our confidence back, knowing that we can win," Tolbert said.

A Step Slower

Arkansas forward Sonny Weems needed to be helped off the court after injuring his ankle -- before tip-off.

During pregame warm-ups, Weems rolled his ankle when he landed awkwardly on guard Patrick Beverley's foot. The junior limped to the locker room with help from Ervin and guard Stefan Welsh.

The injury didn't keep Weems from starting, but it appeared to hamper him throughout the loss. He scored only four points on 2-of-6 shooting and grabbed six rebounds in 34 minutes.

"I think he played strong. (He) was a little bit slow on boxing out, but I think he played his hardest -- even though I don't want to saw he was thinking about his ankle," Arkansas power forward Darian Townes said.

Afterward, Heath didn't want to use Weems' freak injury as an excuse for why the Razorbacks suffered yet another tough road loss.

"I'm sure it had some effect (on him), but that didn't make any difference of what Auburn was able to do out there on the court against us," Heath said.

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