FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Texas State nearly ruined Steven
Hill's block party.
The Razorbacks survived a home-court scare by beating winless
Texas State 73-67 on Tuesday night with Hill, the Razorbacks'
sophomore center, tying a school record and setting a career high
with 10 blocked shots. He also set a career high with nine
"A lot of it was I had a big height advantage," The 7-foot
Hill said after the game. "They just kept bringing it inside. I
had a rhythm going on the defensive end and I kept getting
Hill tied Oliver Miller's blocks record set in a 1990 game
The Razorbacks (6-2) led by as many as 14 points in the second
half, but stumbled letting the Bobcats (0-6) pull within four at
71-67 with 1:32 to play.
Texas State would be held scoreless the rest of the way and
Arkansas' Jonathon Modica hit a pair of free throws to set the
"I'll take the win, but I'm not happy with the intensity level
and that starts with me," Arkansas coach Stan Heath said. "(Texas
State) did everything they needed to do to steal a win. They played
at a tempo which really forced us to play defense and we broke down
Arkansas junior Ronnie Brewer led all scorers with 22 points,
including three dunks -- two on alley-oops from point guard Eric
Ferguson -- in the second half.
Modica added 14 for the Razorbacks with a game-high eight
assists and three turnovers.
For the game, Arkansas shot 49 percent from the floor, including
hitting 15 of 26 shots in the second half. Texas State made 46
percent of its shots, but hit 12 of 19 three-pointers in the
contest, including 6 of 8 in the second-half comeback.
Midway through the second half, both Arkansas and Texas State
traded buckets before the Bobcats made their final run.
Texas State went on a 12-4 run over the span of 3:45 late in the
game to cut the game to 71-67, before time wore thin.
"Every time we stretched the lead to 10 or 12 points, (Texas
State) kept coming back," Heath said. "They were very patient on
offense. They milked the clock and waited for a defensive
breakdown. They would not go away. Different players kept stepping
up for them."
Despite shooting just over 41 percent from the floor in the
first half, Arkansas held a 37-29 lead at halftime.
Texas State held narrow leads four times in the first half, the
latest coming from Jeremy Johnson with a 3-pointer for a 23-22
advantage with 4:15 remaining until halftime.
Prolific 3-point shooting kept the Bobcats in the first half.
Texas State shot 6-of-11 from deep. Lance Burroughs led Texas State
scorers with 13 points, hitting all three of his 3-point attempts.
Antwoine Blanchard added nine, all on threes and freshman Trevor
Cook scored 11 points on 3-of-4 shooting behind the arc.