Weems Heating Up in Second Half

Arkansas guard Sonny Weems has scored 55 points in the last three games, 44 of which have come after halftime. The senior has been an important part of the Razorbacks' three-game winning streak, which will be on the line when the Razorbacks host Alabama Sunday at 3:05 p.m.

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas center Steven Hill doesn't have an answer for teammate Sonny Weems' success in the second half.

He doesn't even want to try to — as long as it continues.

"I guess he's turned into a second half player," Hill said. "He's been playing really well for us and shooting the ball really well. If that's how it's going to be, and he's going to do that, that's fine with us."

Weems scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half of the Razorbacks' 76-70 win at Auburn on Thursday night, continuing a stretch in which the senior has produced fast finishes after slow starts. The 6-foot-6 forward has scored 44 of his 55 points after halftime the past three games.

It's no surprise the Razorbacks have won all three.

"The first half I try to see how they play," Weems said. "How the opposing teams play their defense. How they play our pick and roles and how they play man. Most teams we're going to see this year are going to play us a lot of zone. I just try to figure out what kind of defense and find my openings in that defense and take advantage of it."

It has been part of a confidence-building surge for Weems, who got off to a slow start this season. He went 0-for-13 from behind the 3-point line in the Razorbacks first six games. Weems also was held below 10 points in four of Arkansas' first eight games.

Weems now is second on the team in scoring, averaging 12.4 points a game after the recent stretch. But coach John Pelphrey said he has meant much more to Arkansas than just his offense in the second half, though.

"Last night he was awesome," Pelphrey said. "Not so much from the scoring. We're taking that, but he had seven assists, one turnover.

"He played very well in terms of scoring the ball the last two games, but he had nine turnovers. Last night he scored and did some other different things. Seven assists, it doesn't get much better than that."

Weems is hoping it continues when Arkansas plays Alabama in its Southeastern Conference home opener on Sunday at 3:05 p.m.

"It feels great," Weems said. "I've been doing a lot of work after practice and before practice, trying to work on my jump shot a little bit. I'm confident. When you have confidence, you feel like you can do anything."

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