The University of Arkansas warmed up for Saturday's game at Oklahoma by taking on a team with a little Oklahoma State flavor on Wednesday.
But since Brooks Thompson was coaching and former fellow Cowboys great Bryant "Big Country" Reeves was behind the bench instead of playing, the University of Texas San-Antonio didn't have enough offensive firepower.
Gary Ervin had 17 points, Patrick Beverley a double-double off the bench with 10 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists and Charles Thomas 10 points and 7 rebounds as the Razorbacks celebrated the end of finals by downing the Roadrunners 67-42 before 11,901 fans at Bud Walton Arena.
UA head coach John Pelphrey was not so pleased.
"The pace was good for us, however, I am disappointed," Pelphrey said. "There are two things we need to look at, offense and defense. We had trouble with fouling during the game and we are going to have to play much better if we want to avoid that problem again.
"We need everybody on a high level for 40 minutes,"Pelphrey added. "We need everybody on a high level for at least forty minutes. We need to get it together as a team and learn how to take care of the ball better."
Arkansas (8-1) won its seventh straight game by taking control in the first half with a 10-0 run pushing their margin to 17 by halftime.
That grew to 51-23 by time Sonny Weems drilled a 3-pointer as the visitors were scoring only two field goals in a span of 15 minutes that spanned from the first half into the second.
Arkansas took its largest lead of the game at 63-35 when Vincent Hunter nailed a 27-foot 3-pointer with 3:37 left in the game.
The Razorbacks won the board battle 43-23 with Beverley's 13 leading the way.
"I didn't even know," Beverley said. "I've been doing a lot in practice and working hard and I'm just glad to be able to bring that to the game."
Beverley did not start the game.
"Patrick will bring his lunch pail and work hat every night, but I just didn't think he was as focused as he could be and I just decided to start Marcus (Britt)."
Thompson, whose team was at a size disadvantage anyway, was not pleased with his team's effort on the boards.
"Arkansas' guards really rebound the ball well tonight," Thompson said. "Actually their entire team rebounded well. We didn't have the size to match up and when you lose the rebounding game, it's hard to stay in the game."
Darian Townes added 8 points, Vincent Hunter 7, Steven Hill 6 and Weems 5 for the Razorbacks.
Weems had one of the most spectacular moments of the game when he went high to grab an alley-oop pass with one hand and slammed it home.
"When Sonny Weems made that alley-oop dunk, I was amazed at how high he got," Thompson said. "His hand was well over the square on the backboard and I was surprised he made it. He is a great athlete."
Count Beverley in that group as well.
"I've never seen anyone that can jump like he can," Beverley said.
The Razorbacks shot 41.1 percent while limited the Roadrunners to 34.1 and had 20 turnovers while forcing 22 - including a whopping 12 by freshman star Devin Gibson.
Travis Gabbidon led UTSA (4-3) with 11 points wh.
Arkansas will be playing its first true road game on Saturday when it travels to play Oklahoma at 2:05 on ESPN2.
"I'm excited to go on the road and start traveling," Pelphrey said. "That is what it is all about. You know if you really want to do something, you have to go into someone's backyard and take it all away from them and that is what we plan on doing throughout the whole season."
He did caution that his team would certainly have to play better against the Sooners than it did the Roadrunners.
"For the challenge that lies ahead on Saturday, this won't get it done," Pelphrey said. "We'll have to play better."
Pics by Marc Henning
Patrick Beverley celebrates with the Arkansas bench after helping to force a turnover in backcourt.
True freshman Nate Rakestraw got to see his first action of the season after rehabbing from an injury in preseason.
Marcus Britt forces Devin Gibson into one of his 12 turnovers.
Gary Ervin hounds Gibson.
This time its Gary Ervin and Charles Thomas putting the pressure on Gibson.
Steven Hill grabs a rebound against Travis Gabbidon.
Sonny Weems knocks down a 3-pointer.
Arkansas 67, UTSA 42
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