Razorbacks' defense too much for No. 22-ranked
squad, now 14-2.
By Harry King
The Associated Press
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Mississippi State's Marckell Patterson said he knew Arkansas would go on a run.
And indeed they did.
Brandon Dean and Michael Jones keyed a 14-0 run, and Jannero Pargo stemmed a rally by scoring five straight points as Arkansas beat the No. 22 Bulldogs 75-64 Tuesday night.
"You know Arkansas is going to make runs, you just have to withstand it," Patterson said.
Dean and Jones each scored twice during a spurt that put the Razorbacks (10-4, 2-0 SEC) in front 57-40 with 10:03 left. Derrick Zimmerman helped the Bulldogs (14-2, 1-1) cut the margin to nine points before Pargo made a layup and a 3 for 65-52 lead.
"When Pargo and Dean play up to their potential, Arkansas is a very difficult team to beat," said MSU coach Rick Stansbury.
Arkansas led by 10 points early in the second half, but a layup by Zimmerman cut it to 43-40 before the Razorbacks took off.
"The 14-0 run was the backbreaker to us," said Zimmerman, who led the Dogs with 17.
Arkansas, which led the final 23:47, used a variety of defenders to frustrate the Bulldogs' Mario Austin, who had 32 points in a weekend victory over Kentucky. He scored six in the first 4:09, but finished with 11.
"We had guys swarming him," said Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson. "He hit shots early, but Alonzo (Lane) shut him down."
Early in the game, two free throws by Austin completed a 10-0 run that gave State a 12-8 lead. His production the rest of the half consisted of two free throws .
Pargo led Arkansas with 18 points, and Dean scored 16.