Shooting Woes Won't Change Future Outlook

Missed 3-point shots piled up Saturday night during Arkansas' loss to Mississippi State, as the Razorbacks made only 1 of their 11 first-half attempts from beyond the arc. As the second half of their 70-56 defeat progressed, the Hogs kept on launching 3s.

Arkansas (12-2, 0-1) ended up nailing only 2 of its 11 tries second-half from beyond the arc. But coach John Pelphrey and several players said Monday that they didn't think the strategy was flawed. Pelplhrey, in fact, was fine with his guards continuing to take uncontested shots from 3-point range.

"It's tough. When you're standing there wide open, with Stefan (Welsh), you like his chances," Pelphrey said. "You like Rotnei (Clarke's) chances and Courtney (Fortson) has had some success. It's a double-edged sword. As an athlete, you want a short memory. You don't want to think about the last plays. You want to think about the next ones."

Twelve of the misfired 3s came from the hands of Welsh and Fortson, who has missed 12 straight 3s after starting the season 14-for-30. Welsh didn't sound Monday like his confidence was shattered, though.

He said he didn't believe the Razorbacks should've passed up on quality 3-point shots just because they weren't hitting them earlier in the game.

"It was just one of those nights," Welsh said. "Of course we could've played a lot better. Of course we could've (gotten the ball) to Mike (Washington) a lot more in the post. Of course we could've came up with a few more stops.

"But that's just the luck of the draw sometimes. We were missing shots, and they were hitting them."

Upon Further Review

Immediately after Arkansas' loss Saturday night, Pelphrey seemed discouraged about the play of his power forwards — freshman Michael Sanchez and senior Marcus Monk.

But Monday, after seeing the game tape, he changed his tone. Sanchez finished with three points and two rebounds in 18 minutes. Monk was 3-for-4 from the field and had six points and three rebounds in 17 minutes.

"Looking back at it (against MSU), it wasn't the way it seemed," Pelphrey said. "We did some good things there. It was better than I thought."

More From Henry

Expect to see freshman guard/forward Jason Henry's minutes increase. In his second contest back after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, Henry had two points, four rebounds and two steals in 10 minutes.

"I'm looking forward to seeing him for a couple of days in practice," Pelphrey said. "He played hard the other night. It's time to see what we can get there."


Fortson has 96 assists this season, which would've already made him the season-leader for four of Arkansas' last nine teams. ... Sophomore guard Marcus Britt has slumped lately with his offense, scoring only two points in his last four games. ... Arkansas has won 6 of its 17 Southeastern Conference road openers in school history.

Arkansas 3-Point Shooting

In their past three games, the Razorbacks have connected on only 13 of their 63 shots from 3-point range (20.6 percent). Arkansas still ranks fourth in the Southeastern Conference for the season, having made 91 of its 254 attempts (35.8 percent).

Opponent 3PT 3PTA 3PT Pct.

North Texas 5 14 35.7

Texas 5 18 27.8

Mississippi State 3 22 13.6

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