LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) -- Sonny Weems scored 19 points and
Charles Thomas added 13, helping Arkansas to a 71-64 victory over
West Virginia on Sunday night in the championship game of the Old
Spice Classic at Disney World.
Vincent Hunter gave Arkansas (5-0) a 16-point advantage on a
layup and free throw with 5:34 left in the game, but West Virginia
(5-1) climbed to within four on a 3-pointer by DaSean Butler with
47 seconds to go.Darris Nichols had 15 points and Joe Alexander finished with 14
to pace West Virginia. Teammates Alex Ruoff and Frank Young scored
12 and 10, respectively.Gary Ervin scored all of his eight points in the first half and
Weems, the only player to score more than 14 points against the
Mountaineers this season, chipped in nine to lead the Razorbacks to
a 35-28 lead at the break.Weems and Patrick Beverley, who contributed seven points and
five steals, were named to the inaugural all-tournament team.Nichols and Young represented the Mountaineers on the squad.
Jared Jordan of Marist was named the most outstanding player in the
eight-team event.Steven Hill blocked a pair of shots for Arkansas to finish with
a record nine in three tournament games.