RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Sonny Weems kept shooting, and Darian Townes was there to clean up when he missed. The pair helped Arkansas finally earn a second game in the NCAA tournament and bring a swift end to Indiana’s tumultuous season.
Weems scored a career-high 31 points, Townes added 17 points and 12 rebounds and the ninth-seeded Razorbacks beat eighth-seeded Indiana 86-72 on Friday night in the first round of the East Regional.
Weems hit 12 of 14 shots for Arkansas (23-11), which shot 54 percent and snapped a five-game losing streak in NCAA tournament games dating to a first-round victory against Siena in 1999. Their reward for making the second round for the first time in five tries: a date with No. 1 seed and top-ranked North Carolina roughly a 30-minute drive from the Tar Heels’ Chapel Hill campus. [read more]