Moore sees role increase

Freshman returns from two-game suspension with important role in his home state.

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Arkansas freshman forward Brandon Moore returned to action Saturday after a two-game suspension and immediately played as important a role as he had all season.

Moore, who was suspended for a driving while intoxicated arrest, finished with no points and two rebounds in nine minutes. But he was the second player off the Arkansas bench during its 79-69 loss to LSU, and he started the second half in place of freshman forward Michael Sanchez.

"Brandon's going to be a good player for us," Arkansas coach John Pelphrey said. "I love his attitude. He handled the adversity he had to go through with a good attitude."

Moore's teammates agreed with Pelphrey's assessment.

"Brandon's always positive," Arkansas freshman point guard Courtney Fortson said. "He had a great attitude (while being suspended), and I think it showed in his play."

Moore, playing 80 miles away from his hometown of New Orleans, was one of four players Pelphrey rotated at the power forward position. Moore was held scoreless, Sanchez had no points and one rebound in 17 minutes and freshman forward Andre Clark had no points and one rebound in four minutes.

Freshman guard Jason Henry had a few successful minutes as Arkansas' power forward, but Pelphrey prefers not to play him there.

"We're not getting the play we need at that spot right now," Pelphrey said. "We're giving everyone a shot."

LSU Celebration

The Tigers celebrated 100 years of LSU basketball with a number of festivities this weekend, capped by the halftime recognition of the 16-player LSU all-century team. Before the contest, former LSU and NBA standout Bob Pettit and the wife (Jackie) and sons (Jason and Josh) of LSU great Pete Maravich served as honorary captains.

Pettit, Maravich, Shaquille O'Neal, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Glen Davis, Joe Dean, Stromile Swift and Collis Temple, Jr., are some of the recognizable names on the list.

Longtime coach Dale Brown, former athletic director Joe Alleva and Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive presented the all-century team to the sellout crowd at the PMAC.

"It was a very good atmosphere in here today," Pelphrey said.

What Travel?

The Arkansas bench exploded in disbelief when freshman guard Rotnei Clarke was whistled for a crucial traveling violation with the Hogs trailing 69-59 with 1:47 left. Clarke jumped to attempt a 3-pointer, had the ball stripped in midair and recovered to land with the ball.

Pelphrey couldn't believe the explanation he heard.

"He didn't jump up into the air and come back down with it," Pelphrey said. "I know that didn't happen. That's what (the official) said what happened. I don't think that's what happened."

Up Next

Things get no easier for Arkansas this week. The Razorbacks take on Tennessee in Bud Walton Arena at 7:05 p.m. on Wednesday night and then travel to Mississippi State on Saturday.


• As part of a a collaborative initiative between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches, coaches all over the country donned sneakers for this weekend's games. Both coaching staffs, including Pelphrey and LSU coach Trent Johnson, wore white sneakers for Saturday's contest, and the referees blew pink whistles, as well.

• Henry tweaked his sore right ankle with 47.6 seconds left in the first half. He limped off the court but returned in the second half and finished with 10 points and six rebounds in a season-high 26 minutes.

• Junior forward Michael Washington had his third 24-point effort this season, leading all players in scoring. He converted 11 of his 21 floor shots and grabbed five rebounds.

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