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Arkansas 69, Mississippi 46

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Eric Ferguson scored 14 points, Ronnie
Brewer added 13 and the Arkansas defense showed that the team's
cupcake diet prepared them well enough for Southeastern Conference
play in a 69-46 victory over Ole Miss on Wednesday.

The Razorbacks (13-1) are amid their best start since their
glory years of the early 1990s, but only two victories -- over
Missouri and Mississippi -- have come against teams from major
conferences.

Ole Miss (9-5) suffered from the absence of Tommie Eddie, a
senior forward-center who didn't make the trip for both teams'
conference opener. The Clarion-Ledger newspaper in Jackson, Miss.,
said he was attending to an academic matter.

Darian Townes scored 12 for Arkansas. Londrick Nolan scored 19
points and 12 rebounds to lead Ole Miss.

Arkansas didn't turn in a "40 Minutes of Hell" performance
like those under former coach Nolan Richardson, but there were 20
minutes of pretty good defense -- and the Rebels melted under the
pressure.

After committing just six turnovers in the first half, Ole Miss
had 14 in the first 11 minutes after the break and finished the
game with 24.

At the start of a 20-7 run just after halftime, Brewer stole the
ball after Nolen tried to bounce it off Brewer's legs while trapped
in a corner. On the Rebels' next possession, Brandon Patterson
threw the ball away from the top of the key.

Ola Famutimi hit a 3 to make it 34-26, and added a pair of free
throws after an intentional foul was called on Cavadas Nunnery
following another Arkansas steal and fast break, making it 39-29.

With nine minutes left -- after a Townes dunk, a Jonathon Modica
steal and layup and another Modica layup following a steal --
Arkansas was up 50-33.

At times it was comical. With 5 minutes left, Brewer reached
above Justin Johnson -- seven inches shorter -- and simply took the
ball away to start a fast break. Brewer's free throws at the other
end made it 60-40.