Arkansas 117, West Florida 43

Michael Washington has 22 points and 10 rebounds and Patrick Beverley adds 17 points and 9 assists as Arkansas wipes out West Florida 117-43 Friday night in exhibition action at Bud Walton Arena.

The University of Arkansas wiped out its Division II exhibition foe with a first-class effort on Friday night.

Michael Washington had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Patrick Beverley had 17 points and 9 assists, and Darian Townes 12 points as the No. 19 Razorbacks annihilated the West Florida Argonauts 117-43 Friday night before a crowd of 9,493 at Bud Walton Arena.

"I saw a lot of things that I liked out there tonight," Arkansas head coach John Pelphrey said. "There is still some stuff to work on, but I thought we played hard for the most part and everybody had their feet in the circle and working hard...I was happy with how we played."

Charles Thomas and Stefan Welsh both added 11 points and Sonny Weems had all 10 of his points in the first half before sitting out the final 27-plus minutes with a minor groin injury.

"I think if it had been a really important situation - going to the Final Four or something like that, I think he could have toughed through it," Pelphrey said. "But I think (UA trainer) Dave (England) made the right decision. Sonny is too important for us to jeporadize him. You don't want him to hurt himself and it be nagging for awhile."

Arkansas not only shot 60 percent from the field and made 11-of-25 3-point attempts, but also had 29 assists to just five turnovers while constant pressing forced West Florida into 29 turnovers.

"Twenty nine assists is a big, big number," Pelphrey said.

The home team also won the board battle to the tune of 54-27.

Washington, Beverley and Gary Ervin all were suspended for last week's Red-White game, but came out strong on this night.

Washington, who also missed the first open practice due to his suspension, was 9-of-14 from the field and 4-of-5 from the free throw line.

He had his 22 points and 10 rebounds in just 19 minutes in a game where no one player logged over 20 minutes.

"I learned my lesson," Washington said. "I won't let that happen again. I let down my teammates and will never do that again. I just wanted to come out tonight and play hard every minute."

The Razorbacks, who complete their two-game exhibition slate by hosting Campbellsville on Tuesday night, shot 60 percent from the field on the night, scored the first 17 points of the game and never looked back.

"You have to remember that we are playing the people behind the jerseys, not the name on the front of it," Thomas said. "What we have to do is just continue to get better."

The Razorbacks had 5 of their 15 steals early to send the Argonauts - who are in the Gulf South Conference - reeling from the tip.

"Defense, defense, defense - that is all we talked about," Thomas said. "It was our major focus." Arkansas has 60-23 lead at halftime while forcing 18 turnovers before the break had pushed that to 93-33 with over 12 minutes left in the game.

Walk-on Steven Cox put the Razorbacks over the century mark with a baseline jumper that surged them ahead 100-38 with 8:21 still remaining in the contest.

"We don't have time to waste in practice," Pelphrey said. "We have to be sharp on and off the court."

That's definitely something they were on Friday.

"We played very well, but we have a lot of things we need to work on," Beverley said. "We have a lot of things we need to fix and a lot of stuff to take care of."

After playing Campbellsville on Tuesday night at 7:05 in another exhibition, the Razorbacks will open their season next Friday by hosting Wofford.





Sophomore Patrick Beverley and freshman Marcus Britt harrass West Florida's Josh Jackson.



Arkansas senior Darian Townes defends Charles Bouie as Michael Washington looks on.





Michael Washington goes up over two West Florida defenders to score two of his game-high 22 points.





Freshman Levan Patsatsia knocked down a trio of 3-pointers on Friday night.


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