Jaw injury won't slow Beverley

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. --- Patrick Beverley had just led his team in rebounding -- no small accomplishment for a 6-foot-1 guard. Surely, the Arkansas sophomore deserved a nice meal for his efforts.

Not so fast. Beverley had dislocated his jaw in the middle of the game.

"Mashed potatoes and soup," Beverley said Monday, a day after leading the Razorbacks to a 71-67 overtime win over Alabama.

Beverley hurt himself sometime in the first half, but hardly anyone knew until after the game -- after his 13 rebounds helped Arkansas prevail in its Southeastern Conference home opener.

"I had my elbow dislocated in high school, and I wanted to die, I wanted to pass out. I wanted to be gone," coach John Pelphrey said. "So I can't imagine what your jaw would feel like -- then come back and play."

Beverley was the SEC freshman of the year in 2006-07, when he shot 39 percent from 3-point range and became a crowd favorite because of his exuberance on the court. He's averaging 12.3 points per game this season -- and leading the Razorbacks (13-3, 2-0) at 5.6 rebounds.

Beverley said he was elbowed in the first half against Alabama on Sunday. He tried to play on, but finally had to come out and have the jaw popped back in place. Beverley returned, but he committed his third and fourth fouls early in the second half, 29 seconds apart. He left the game with 15:08 to play and sat out for nearly 10 minutes.

Beverley made a 3-pointer from the right wing against the Alabama zone with 4:10 remaining, and although Arkansas went over seven minutes before its next field goal, the Razorbacks came away with a win.

Arkansas played host to South Carolina (8-8, 0-2) on Wednesday night. Beverley was expected to play.

The Gamecocks are led by guard Devan Downey, who is averaging 19.1 points per game. Sonny Weems leads Arkansas at 12.7.

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