Texas State 67

(0-6, 0-4 away)

Arkansas 73

(6-2, 5-0 home)

    8:05 PM ET, December 6, 2005

    Bud Walton Arena, Fayetteville, Arkansas

    1 2 T
    TXST 29 3867
    ARK 37 3673

    Top Performers

    Texas State: T. Cook 11 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Arkansas: S. Hill 6 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 10 Blk

    Arkansas 73, Texas State 67

    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 rebounds.

    "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 blocks."

    Hill tied Oliver Miller's blocks record set in a 1990 game against Texas.

    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 final score.

    "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 at times."

    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.

    The Razorbacks finally distanced themselves from Texas State with a 12-2 run late in the first half as Dontell Jefferson, Jonathon Modica and Eric Ferguson all hit from behind the arc.

    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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 67 73
    FG Made-Attempted 27-58 (.466) 27-55 (.491)
    3P Made-Attempted 12-19 (.632) 7-20 (.350)
    FT Made-Attempted 1-5 (.200) 12-19 (.632)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 12 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 3 14

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