Pelphrey's Technical Proof Of Strict Conduct

FAYETTEVILLE -- Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive warned that referees would be quick to call technical fouls this season. Slive even alluded at the league's media days in late October that coaches might be caught off guard by the crackdown.

Cursing, for the most part, would be gone, Slive said, and the coach's box would be enforced.

Arkansas coach John Pelphrey now realizes how fast technical fouls can be earned. The Razorbacks' first-year coach was whistled for a technical foul early in the second half of Arkansas' 67-45 victory Friday night over Wofford.

Afterward, Pelphrey chuckled a bit about the technical foul. He had been stomping his foot loudly throughout the contest, but referees warned him about doing so out of the coach's box.

A few moments later, after a foul call on Sonny Weems with which Pelphrey disagreed, he was slapped with the technical.

"I was a little surprised," Pelphrey said. "It's going to be interesting to see how that thing goes because I didn't say a whole lot to get the technical foul. I guess there's just a whole new deal going on right now."

Bombs Away

Three-point shooting wasn't a strength last season for Arkansas, yet the Razorbacks fired away often Friday night. The Hogs missed their first five 3-pointers and connected on only three of their 18 attempts. More than anything, Pelphrey was disappointed with Arkansas' shot selection early.

He had wanted to take advantage of Arkansas' substantial height advantage. But because of Wofford's zone, the Razorbacks settled for long-distance shots.

"We were hoping to get to them before they could get to us," Pelphrey said. "If we could get to them with our size, we could make it difficult for their zone. But they got up on us. We had some early fouls, and we were shooting too many 3s."

Patrick Beverley was 2-of-7 from 3-point range, and Gary Ervin was 1-of-3. No other player made a shot from beyond the arc.

"We came out very sluggish and missed some shots that we normally hit in our sleep," Beverley said.


Two of Arkansas' frontcourt players -- Steven Hill and Michael Washington -- picked up two early fouls and played just three minutes in the first half. Both ended up being productive, though. Hill snagged a game-high nine rebounds in 11 minutes, and Washington had six points and seven rebounds in 13 minutes. ... Razorback freshman Michael Sanchez didn't play Friday night, and Pelphrey said he would be redshirt this season. Two other freshmen -- Marcus Britt and Levan Patsatsia -- did see action. ... Arkansas had the same amount of assists and turnovers Friday night -- 13.

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