Weems Has Night To Forget

OXFORD, Miss. — Arkansas forward Sonny Weems came off a screen, caught a pass and attempted a mid-range jumper.

The shot clanked off the side of the rim.

One minute later, with the Razorbacks desperately needing some scoring, Weems tried to break out of his shooting slump with a turnaround jumper in the lane.

The shot again bounced off the rim.

Weems' dreadful performance at Ole Miss on Tuesday night was perhaps best exemplified by his pair of misses midway through the second half of an 81-72 loss in Tad Smith Coliseum.

Arkansas' leading scorer missed his first seven shots, went nearly 36 minutes without scoring and frustrated coach John Pelphrey by having just five points in the nationally televised loss.

"I'm pretty sure (the Rebels) scouted him real hard," Arkansas center Darian Townes said. "They played tough defense against him, kind of threw him off his rhythm."

Weems had trouble finding his shot, and he had no luck when he was able to get off an attempt. He missed all four of his shots in the first half and finished 2-for-11 from the floor.

He also didn't appear active on the defensive end, evident by the fact that he didn't commit his first foul until 31 seconds remained in the loss.

"They (the Rebels) did a good job, obviously gave him a lot of attention, certainly didn't make it easy on him," Pelphrey said of Weems. "Sonny didn't have one of his better nights."

Weems didn't make his first basket until he drained a 3-pointer that cut Ole Miss' lead to 70-63 with four minutes remaining. The senior was 0-for-7 from the floor before making the shot from the corner.

Weems added another basket around two minutes later when he grabbed a loose ball in the paint and lobbed it in, cutting the Rebels' lead to 73-66.

But it was a case of too little too late.

"We were very conscious of the fact that he leads their team in shots by almost 100 in league play, so we knew that they were going to run their offense through him," Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said. "We tried to make sure we didn't give him too many clean looks."

Not surprisingly, Weems didn't speak with reporters afterward.

Pelphrey appeared to scream from the sideline at Weems during a stoppage in play with the Razorbacks trailing 52-43 with 13:09 remaining.

It was one of those kinds of nights for the senior.

Weems grimaced in pain after stumbling to the floor while defending an Ole Miss player with 3:47 left in the first half. But he got up and continued to play, showing no signs that he was injured.

Weems' five points were the lowest he has scored in a game since putting up just five in a 67-42 win over Texas-San Antonio on Dec. 12.

"Down toward the second half, when we were having a little bit of a spurt, he hits some key shots for us," Townes said of Weems. "But it wasn't enough."

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