Hogs pull off

upset of ’Bama

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Patrick Beverley, Gary Ervin and Sonny Weems scored 18 points each for Arkansas, which raced to a 25-point first-half lead.

The Razorbacks (12-3, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) scored the game’s first 14 points. They finished with 10 blocked shots, including three by 7-footer Steven Hill in the early going that set the tone.

The Crimson Tide (13-2, 0-1) lost its SEC opener for the fourth straight season.

Alonzo Gee had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Crimson Tide.

Hornets’ losing

ways continue

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Al Harrington and Stephen Jackson each scored 27 points, Jermaine O’Neal made two key layups in his first game since issuing a challenge to his Indiana teammates, and the Pacers beat the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets 100-93 Saturday night.

O’Neal hit back-to-back layups from the left block to break away from an 83-all tie and spark a 10-3 run that gave the Pacers control of the game in the final 4 minutes.

O’Neal finished with 22 points in his first game since calling the Pacers “a very average team” and suggesting that he and the team should go “separate ways” at the end of the season “if I can’t take this team to another level.”

The Hornets played from behind most of the night and had tied the game at 83 on Desmond Mason’s hook shot in the lane.

O’Neal followed with his two layups before Rasual Butler got New Orleans back within 87-85 by turning a steal into a right-handed runout dunk. Jeff Foster answered that with two free throws for Indiana and Jamaal Tinsley hit consecutive jumpers to put the game out of reach.

Mason finished with 28 points — his most since being acquired by the Hornets in a trade last preseason — to lead six Hornets in double figures. Jannero Pargo scored 14 points, Marc Jackson and Devin Brown each added 11 and Butler and Tyson Chandler had 10 apiece.

The Hornets, who are without starters Chris Paul, Peja Stojakovic and David West, have lost 18 of 22.

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