Rebels can't overcome slow start

After going up 2-0, Ole Miss fell way behind as Arkansas scored 16 straight points to lead 16-2 on its way to a 75-69 victory Saturday in Fayetteville.

The slow start concerned Coach Andy Kennedy.

"Our effort was good enough - after the first three or four minutes," said Kennedy after his team lost for the fourth time in its last five games. "I'm puzzled why we came out so intimidated."

The Rebels scratched and clawed and fought back to stay in this one. Ole Miss got to within two points at 31-29 late in the first half and trailed 34-29 at the break.

With the game tied 36-36, the Razorbacks went on another run much like the one they'd gone on early in the first half, outscoring the Rebels 21-9, capped by a Steven Hill putback to give the Hogs a 12-point lead at 57-45.

The Rebels were behind 59-51 before Chris Warren scored 15 of the Rebels' next 16 points.

The Rebs wouldn't fold and actually cut the lead to three points at 70-67 late when Warren nailed a 3-point basket. But Arkansas was able to add to its lead via the free throw line and put this one into the Razorbacks' victory column.

"I preach every day that you're never going to back your way into anything in life," Kennedy said. "Certainly not against a team that was predicted to be in the top 10 before 20,000 fans."

The Rebels, who were 12-for-23 from the free throw line, are now 16-5 overall and 3-5 in SEC action.

Sonny Weems scored 22 points to lead Arkansas.

Warren was 6-of-8 from 3-point range for Ole Miss. He finished with 26 points.

Patrick Beverley added 17 points and 13 rebounds for Arkansas.

The Razorbacks, who improved to 17-5 overall and 6-2 in the SEC, went 6-of-25 from 3-point range.

Dwayne Curtis had 12 points and 14 rebounds for Ole Miss. Darian Townes had 14 points for the Razorbacks.

Ole Miss hosts Presbyterian College Monday at 7 p.m.

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