No Play Time For Hogs After Abysmal Showing

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Visions of "beaches and girls" ran through Sonny Weems' mind. Marcus Britt wanted to go jet skiing. Patrick Beverley thought he might give parasailing a try.

Neither will get his wish. Arkansas had put an option down on its travel schedule for today to accommodate their players' wishes to see some sights in San Juan.

But Razorback coach John Pelphrey squashed those plans after his team committed 32 turnovers in a 67-51 loss Friday night to Providence.

Pelphrey already had thought about where Arkansas could find a practice facility during the Puerto Rico Tip-Off off day.

"It won't be a day off," Pelphrey said. "We will be getting after it like there is no tomorrow. We will (have two practices) some place.

"There's a good chance you won't see these guys at the (El Yunque) Rainforest."

Washington Starts

Senior forward Charles Thomas didn't start Friday night. Sophomore Michael Washington started instead, and Pelphrey alluded that he did so because of some type of disciplinary issue.

He didn't want to get into particulars, though.

"There were some things there with Charles," Pelphrey said. "There was a way that I wanted to handle this situation. It's nothing major that needs to be talked about. Just a coaching decision.

"It's nothing I care to talk about."

Neither player produced much. Washington finished with four points and three rebounds in 16 minutes, and Thomas had three points, three rebounds and six turnovers in 21 minutes.

McGowan Doing Well

Miami coach Frank Haith took some time after the Hurricanes' victory Friday to talk about former Arkansas player Cyrus McGowan. McGowan transferred to Miami in the spring and has been practicing with the Hurricanes since arriving in Florida.

He didn't go with the team to Puerto Rico because transfers are not allowed to travel.

"We recruited Cyrus out of high school and really liked him," Haith said. "He's doing great. Cyrus is a hard worker. He's got some good skills, and I think he's going to really help us a lot next year."

Called For Another T

Pelphrey earned a technical foul just more than three minutes into Friday's contest. Senior Vincent Hunter was called for a charging foul, and Pelphrey wasn't happy.

He stomped his foot twice before hollering, "that's terrible!" Then, he yelled it again. Official Duke Edsall whistled the technical on Pelphrey from 30 feet away.

That gives Pelphrey two technical fouls in three games.

"I was probably too animated," Pelphrey said. "I don't think I left the box. He didn't explain it. I'm sure I was too animated."

A Friend Up Next

Arkansas will take on Virginia Commonwealth at 4 p.m. Sunday in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off third-place game. The coach of the Rams is Anthony Grant, an assistant coach along with Pelphrey at Marshall and Florida.

The two are close, and Pelphrey said he didn't necessarily look forward to competing against such a great friend.

"I'd do anything for him," Pelphrey said.

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