Arkansas 96, Campbellsville 56

Patrick Beverley has 20 points and Darian Townes 18 and the University of Arkansas forces 29 turnovers for the second straight game as the Razorback wipe out NAIA Campbellsville 96-56 Tuesday night before 8,476 fans at Bud Walton Arena.

Earlier in the day, 40 Minutes of Pel shook hands with 40 Minutes of Hell.

Then it went out at night and introduced itself to an NAIA school named Campbellsville with a 30-4 start.

Patrick Beverley had 20 points and Darian Townes 18 and the University of Arkansas concluded it two-game exhibition slate with a 96-56 win over Campbellsville Tuesday night before 8,476 fans at Bud Walton Arena.

Despite the 40-point blowout, UA head coach Jophn Pelphrey was certainly not as pleased with the effort as he was with last Friday night's 74-point thrashing of West Florida.

"It wasn't the same," Pelphrey said. "The effort and attitude in the first one was terrific. It wasn't tonight.

"We didn't have total focus," Pelphrey added. " You can't just flip a switch. It doesn't matter who you are playing. We have to understand how special it is to play at Arkansas. We have to make sure they know how special it is to play here.

"You have to get to the magic level. If you get below the magic level, that's bad. If you get just above it, it's just as bad."

Gary Ervin added 13, Sonny Weems 12 and Michael Washington 11 points and 6 rebounds off the bench in a game that the Razorbacks led 50-24 at intermission.

Campbellsville head coach Keith Adkins, a former high school teammate of Pelphrey's, was not pleased at halftime - especially with the fact that his team had 19 of their 29 turnovers before intermission against Arkansas pressure.

"I wanted to see more competition from our guys in the first half," Adkins said. "None of our guys acted like they wanted the basketball. The pressure was incredible. It was definitely more than we will see the rest of the season. The pressure from baseline to baseline, it makes things very difficult."

That no doubt would be music to the ears of former Razorback head coach Nolan Richardson, who attended the first Northwest Arkansas Tip-Off Club luncheon along with Pelphrey on Tuesday.

Pelphrey was quick to pay homage to both Richardson - who says he will not be attending the Arkansas-Missouri game on Nov. 28 as not to cause a distraction - and former Razorback Sidney Moncrief, who stopped by Bud Walton in Monday.

"How about my last two days," Pelphrey said. "...To be a part of Arkansas is pretty cool to me. I love the history of it, of what we have been able to do.

Yesterday in my office, I had Sidney Moncrief," Pelphrey added. "I had a chance to sit there and talk to him. Thirty years ago is when The Triplets went to the Final Four.

"...Then to walk in here today and have the chance to shake hands with Coach Richardson is great," Pelphrey said. "The guy was phenomenal. I saw him on TV in Vegas and 'Coach, you look fantastic. I need to get you in the game tonight."

The UA squad shot 52 percent for the game, 9-of-21 from 3-point range and handled the boards to a tune of 45-25.

Townes was 8-of-9 from the field, Beverley 7-of-9 and Washington 5-of-8.

But Pelphrey was focusing more on his team's 21 turnovers and the fact that Campbellsville ripped off an 11-0 spree of its own in the second half.

"We had 21 turnovers against a team that didn't press," Arkansas coach John Pelphrey said. "We can't have any more of this rag-tag stuff that we had tonight."

During that Campbellsville run early in the second half, Pelphrey took out his starting five and read them the riot act.

"We have 14 (on the team)," Pelphrey said. "We've got too many guys watching to have some slugging around out there."

Weems said Pelphrey gave his starting five a clear message.

"In the second half, we were terrible. (Pelphrey) told us what we needed to hear (when he took the starters out). It wasn't nice. I can't tell you what it was, but we deserved it."

Beverley agreed with that sentiment.

"Our energy level was down," Beverley said. We learned in the second half that no one is bigger than the team. The starters had low energy. (Pelphrey) had to make a decision. It was the right decision."

Pelphrey did have praise for the effort of a few players, including Ervin, center Steven Hill and Washington - who grabed four offensive rebounds - and freshman Michael Sanchez.

"Washington gave good effort," Pelphrey said. "He was ready for action. Steven was good. Gary did some good things. Those three did some things that were good. Michael Sanchez did some good things in the second half, too."

The Razorbacks open their regular season Friday night with a 7:05 p.m. home game against Wofford.

"We have some things we need to work on before then," Pelphrey said. "I want our guys to be fully prepared. We need to have better decision-making skills."

Arkansas coach John Pelphrey makes a point to his team during the Razorbacks' 40-point win.

Charles Thomas (3) and Patrick Beverley help force one of Campbellsville's 29 turnovers.

Steven Hill goes in for a slam Tuesday night against Campbellsville.

Marcus Britt, Darian Townes and Levan Patsatsia all contest a shot by Clinton Joshua.

Patrick Beverley had a game-high 20 points on Tuesday night.

Gary Ervin drives for two of his 13 points with Hirsto Petkov (31) defending and Shawn Savage (3) looking on.

Vincent Hunter grabs a rebound with former Atlanta Braves catcher and current referee Bruce Benedict eying the action.

Sonny Weems takes it to the rack.

Patrick Beverley grabs a long rebound.

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