Arkansas sophomore guard Patrick Beverley didn't visit the interview room after Arkansas downed Alabama, 71-67, in overtime. He was too sore.
Beverley had to fight through foul trouble and a dislocated jaw in the Hogs' victory at Bud Walton Arena.
"We are going to X-ray it now," said Arkansas trainer Dave England. "We took him into the locker room after the first 10 minutes and an oral surgeon worked with him. He got it reduced some, but it's still (dislocated), I think."
Beverley missed two free throws in overtime, unusual for sure. But it's not like he didn't contribute. He hit a big 3-point shot late in the game and he also snared 13 rebounds.
"I thought he came back out there and mixed it up pretty good," England said. "I've never had to deal with this kind of injury before. I'll just say this, he's pretty tough."
Arkansas coach John Pelphrey said the same thing.
"He had an off night shooting, but he was out there with a dislocated jaw," he said. "Dave came to me in the first TV timeout and told me. I told Dave, 'Can't you just smack him around and put it back in place.' He said the surgeon would have to do it."
Beverley played 31 minutes, but five of them came in overtime. He was on the floor for just 26 of the game's 40 regulation minutes. He left the floor early in the second half when he got his third and fourth foul in back-to-back plays, the last one a drive to the lane in an attempt at splitting two Alabama defenders.
"We were trying to get Marcus Britt in the game," Pelphrey said. "He wasn't quick enough. Patrick did the same thing in getting his fourth foul against Applachian State. We are going to work in practice with Marcus on getting his warmup top off and into the game quicker."
Beverley's line score was six points, four fouls, three turnovers and just two of eight shooting. But he had 12 defensive rebounds and 13 total.
"We talked before the game about Alonzo Gee and Richard Hendrix and the way they rebound the ball," Pelphrey said. "They average four offensive rebounds per game. We thought the guys on them might have to face guard them on shots to keep them off the boards. That means those two (Arkansas) guys aren't going to get many rebounds. I told them a guard might have to get eight or nine. So Patrick got 13."
Gary Ervin, one of the Arkansas offensive heroes, knew his teammate was hurting.
"Patrick played through some pain," Beverley said. "He still made plays to help us win. He was helping us with his defense and his rebounding. We had some stops late in overtime and that was probably the key to the game. Everyone focuses on offense, but defense is how you win games. We had some stops early in the game and we had some late. That was the difference."
Beverley plays through pain
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