Missouri State 75

(6-1, 2-1 away)

Arkansas 79

(7-2, 6-0 home)

    8:05 PM ET, December 15, 2005

    Bud Walton Arena, Fayetteville, Arkansas

    1 2 T
    MOSU 31 4475
    ARK 44 3579

    Top Performers

    Missouri St: S. Frazier 13 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Arkansas: R. Brewer 19 Pts, 3 Reb, 4 Ast, 5 Stl

    Arkansas 79, Missouri State 75

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Missouri State's shooting prowess from beyond the 3-point arc caught Arkansas coach Stan Heath's attention. He didn't want his Razorbacks to get beat that way, so he did a little tweaking on defense earlier this week.

    It apparently was effective, as Missouri State hit only 2-of-11 shots from the perimeter in the first half and finished with just a 24 percent rate from long distance as the Razorbacks (7-2) took control late in a 79-75 victory.

    The Bears (6-1), who made 60 percent of their long-distance shots in their last game against Detroit Mercy, had hit 50 percent from long range this season before their visit to Arkansas' court.

    "We knew that they were a proven team," Heath said. "They're a tough team to play, but I thought we did a heck of a job defending their 3-pointers. I though we had a great effort on the defensive end."

    Ronnie Brewer, who helped the Razorbacks stave off a Missouri State rally in the second half, finished with a 19 points. Brewer also passed the 1,000-point mark for his career when he hit a 3-pointer with 15:44 left in the game to give the Razorbacks a 7-point lead. He's the 29th Razorback to reach the 1,000-point plateau.

    Missouri State coach Barry Hinson said the turning point in the game "was when Ronnie hit the big shot" to regain the lead for Arkansas, 67-66, with less than 4 minutes left.

    "He made the biggest shot of the game," Hinson said.

    Brewer said he and his teammates were prepared for a hard game.

    "I just want to have the opportunity to make the big shot down the stretch and tonight I did and I made it," he said.

    Hinson said Arkansas' athleticism and height made it tough for his Bears.

    "This shut down our perimeter shooting because we aren't used to playing against players that are 6-foot-7," the Missouri State coach said.

    Missouri State controlled much of the first half until Arkansas went on a 12-2 run to give it a 13-point halftime lead, 44-31.

    Missouri State put together a 9-1 run at the start of the second half and regained the lead briefly, 62-61, with 7:04 left.

    Steven Hill tipped in a layup to get the lead back in Arkansas' hands, and Eric Ferguson hit a jumper from 16 feet to make it 65-62. The Bears regained the lead at the 4-minute mark, 66-65, but Brewer blunted the threat with a driving layup that gave Arkansas the lead for good.

    Charles Thomas added 17 points for Arkansas.

    Blake Ahearn's 16 points and Tyler Chaney's 14 points topped the Bears' scoring.

    Arkansas and Missouri State both scored more than half their points underneath the basket -- 40 points in the paint by Arkansas and 46 by the Bears.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 75 79
    FG Made-Attempted 29-68 (.426) 28-61 (.459)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-21 (.238) 2-9 (.222)
    FT Made-Attempted 12-17 (.706) 21-29 (.724)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 4 13

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