Southern Miss 35

(1-4, 0-3 away)

Arkansas 77

(4-2, 3-0 home)

    9:05 PM ET, November 30, 2005

    Bud Walton Arena, Fayetteville, Arkansas

    1 2 T
    USM 21 1435
    ARK 39 3877

    Top Performers

    Southern Miss: C. Beasley 10 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast

    Arkansas: R. Brewer 16 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Arkansas 77, Southern Miss 35

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Larry Eustachy understands his team is still a work in progress so the Southern Mississippi coach tried to keep things light after trying yet another starting lineup in a blowout loss to Arkansas.

    "We put everybody's name in there and we shake it, and five come out," Eustachy joked. "And that's who we start."

    Ronnie Brewer scored 16 points to lead four Razorbacks in double figures, and Arkansas allowed its fewest points since 1981 in a 77-35 win Wednesday night. Southern Mississippi shot only 25 percent from the field in its fourth straight loss.

    The Golden Eagles (1-4) have struggled in their second season under Eustachy. Jason Forte is the only player to start every game for the Golden Eagles, and he went scoreless against Arkansas.

    "These guys don't know, they don't know what it takes," Eustachy said. "We are dealing with some great kids that are infants. They are in the infant stages right now."

    Shawn Simpson had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Southern Mississippi, and Courtney Beasley, a freshman, added 10 points.

    Southern Mississippi and Arkansas were tied at 11 with 12:00 remaining in the first half, but the Razorbacks (4-2) went on a 28-10 run going into halftime. Brewer, who is averaging 20.5 points per game, scored 15 in the first half.

    Arkansas led 36-21 when Beasley was called for traveling with 1.7 seconds remaining. Brewer caught the inbounds pass with his back to the basket, then made a twisting 3-pointer at the buzzer.

    The Golden Eagles shot 4-of-25 from the field in the second half as the rout continued. Southern Mississippi has been held under 40 points in three of its last four games.

    Arkansas finished with its fewest points allowed since a 47-33 win over Southern Methodist almost 25 years ago.

    "A lot of hustle," Razorbacks coach Stan Heath said. "A lot of guys diving on the floor and rotating to take blocks, charges. I just loved the effort that guys played with tonight."

    Jonathon Modica and Darian Townes had 14 points each for the Razorbacks, and Vincent Hunter added 10. Hunter was playing his second game after being out with ligament damage in his left knee. He also sat out last season following reconstructive shoulder surgery.

    "I was impressed with his 10 points," Heath said. "He had some good putback shots. He gives us a different dimension when he is on the court."

    Dontell Jefferson had eight assists for Arkansas, his third game this season with at least that many. He also had no turnovers. The Razorbacks had only nine turnovers as a team -- six of which were in the second half with the outcome no longer in doubt.

    Arkansas was coming off a 75-55 win over Radford on Saturday, a game that took place only three days after a loss to Maryland at the Maui Invitational. Steven Hill, who had four of the Razorbacks' eight blocks, said the team was more active against Southern Mississippi.

    "After we got that rest from Maui, we were fully recovered and we came out here with a lot of energy," Hill said. "Hopefully, we will continue that the rest of the season."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 35 77
    FG Made-Attempted 12-48 (.250) 28-48 (.583)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-18 (.333) 8-16 (.500)
    FT Made-Attempted 5-13 (.385) 13-22 (.591)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 15 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 42

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