Hogs' Beverley Plays Through Injury

FAYETTEVILLE —Arkansas guard Patrick Beverley made only two shots, got into foul trouble and suffered a dislocated jaw Sunday.

So, no, the sophomore didn't have a great day. But coach John Pelphrey said Arkansas' leading scorer remained an integral part of the Razorbacks 71-67 overtime win against Alabama by scoring 6 points and grabbing 13 rebounds in his 31 minutes.

"Whether he's scoring or what, having him out there helps us defensively," Pelphrey said. "It helps our toughness, helps our energy." Pelphrey said Beverley dislocated his jaw early in the first half and played a couple minutes before being attended to by Arkansas' medical staff. Trainer Dave England said an oral surgeon sitting behind the team bench "reduced" the dislocation, which helped Beverley continue.

Beverley was later sidelined because of foul trouble. He picked up his fourth foul with 15:08 left in the game and missed 10 minutes.

Neither the foul trouble and injury didn't keep Beverley from turning in his most important contributions on the glass. Pelphrey challenged his guards before the game to help Arkansas' big men keep Alabama forward Richard Hendrix and guard Alonzo Gee from dominating the boards. Beverley equaled his career-high with 13 rebounds even though he played with the sore jaw most of the game.

England said Beverley was X-rayed after the game and should know more about the extent of his injury today.

"That's how tough Patrick is," Pelphrey said. "I don't know what that felt like. I had my elbow dislocated and it's the worst thing ever. I can't imagine what your jaw would feel like."



What Happened?

Alabama forward Demitrius Jemison turned in one of the game's most important plays with the Crimson Tide trailing 69-67 in overtime. Beverley missed two free throws and Jemison was in position to grab the rebound, but couldn't corral the ball and it trickled out of bounds.

"I just went to box out and it came off hard right," Jemison said. "I reached out to try to get it, but it was a little too fast for me and it tipped my finger tips and then ended up with the ball."

Arkansas took advantage of the mistake, inbounding the ball to Charles Thomas. The forward was fouled and knocked down two free throws with 11 seconds remaining to seal the win.

"That's a hard one to know I could have given my team another opportunity to tie the game or possibly win it," Jemison said.



Early Start

Forward Sonny Weems has gotten off to slow starts the past few games, but got going early Saturday.

Weems scored eight of Arkansas' first 13 points, helping the Hogs grab an early lead. It was unusual considering Weems had scored 44 of his 55 points in the second half the past three games.

The senior had 17 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists despite making just 4-of-14 shots. He is averaging 18 points the past four games.



Doubling Up

Thomas recorded a double-double against the Crimson Tide, scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

It was Thomas' second double-double in the past three games and the eighth of his career. But the senior didn't want to talk about it Sunday.

"We got a win," Thomas said. "That's all I care about. We got a win."



Up Next

Arkansas, which is 2-0 in SEC play for the first time since 2001-02, will try to improve to 3-0 when it plays South Carolina at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday in Bud Walton Arena.

The Razorbacks haven't been 3-0 in SEC play since 1997-98.

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