Michael Washington led Arkansas with a double-double (24 points and 11 rebounds) and Stefan Welsh scored 19 (although it seemed like 50) as unranked Arkansas jumped out to a big lead and held on throughout the stretch to defeat the #4 ranked Oklahoma Sooners by a final of 96 - 88.

OU's phenom Blake Griffin was kept in check early and held to only 6 points in the first half and 21 for the game. Fortunately for the Sooners, Willie Warren and Tony Crocker were able to keep them in the game. Warren finished with 35 points and Crocker with 18. Crocker, who wore a tight, long-sleeved undershirt that would make Richard Simmons jealous, was limited in play as he drew three early fouls and a quick Technical for an angered and obnoxious reaction to a personal foul call committed on Rotnei Clarke.

It was said going in that an Arkansas victory would take a team effort: the team playing with heart and as one, Pelphrey commanding the game, and a rocking Bud Walton Arena. All of these necessities were accomplished.

Courtney Fortson also showed his basketball savvy and leadership as he contributed with a double-double as well finishing with 12 points and, more importantly, 10 assists. On a night when defense would set the tone for the Hogs, so many contributed, including Marcus Monk, Brandon Moore, and Marcus Britt.

Wait, did we say defense set the tone? Maybe it was offense... or was it defense? It was such a team effort that it was hard to tell. The offensive side of the Hogs' game plan showed its power as well. Six players scored in double digits. Clarke hit a three on the game's first shot attempt, and Michael Sanchez played like a beast; tearing into OU's defense under the board like Dom DeLuise into a King Crown Cake.

Pelphrey, it appears, has definitely turned the corner with this team in a short time. His personal style and discipline is mirrored by the attitudes, actions, and play from the athletes on the court.

Importantly, it must be added that Oklahoma fell out of the ranks of the unbeated to move to 12 - 1 while Arkansas is now 10 - 1 on the young season.

The game was so exciting that we forgot to see which fashion trend that our good friend Rich Schaeffer is bringing back next. Perhaps we will find that info in the next issue of GQ.

Way to go Hog players, staff, and fans, you all contributed to a huge victory that even the National Big Boys cannot deny - all while keeping the All-American in check. Great job.

Go Hogs!!!

Please check back soon for JCK's entertaining perspective on the game.

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