A missed free throw was the spring board for Auburn. Conversely, Arkansas just missed free throws.
Auburn (10-15, 4-9) snapped a seven-game losing streak behind a string of 3-point bombs from Bryce Brown and TJ Lang to rally past Arkansas, 90-86, Wednesday night before 9,102 at Bud Walton Arena.
The Razorbacks (12-14, 5-8) lost for the third straight time, this time to a depleted Tigers relying on 6-7, 250-pound Cinmeon Bowers to run the point. Bowers drove and dished to Lang for two killing threes from the corner just 40 seconds apart as the visitors pulled ahead 83-79 with 1:55 to play.
Brown canned 9 of 14 threes for all of his 27 points. Lang made 5 of 6 threes for 17 points. He drained a long three at the 1:14 mark to make it 86-81. Arkansas guard Anton Beard missed a tying three with 24 seconds.
Arkansas coach Mike Anderson was disappointed the Hogs left Brown in the late stages of the game in an attempt to stop Bowers on drives.
"Our instructions were to stay solid," Anderson said of the gambles.
Earlier, Anderson said, "I was disappointed with our defense. We had a lot of breakdowns. We talk about playing tough at the rim. We didn't."
Senior guard Jabril Durham said he was guilty of some of the breakdowns.
"This hurts a lot," Durham said. "We had a chance to put the game away on multiple occasions. I made bone head mistakes and left my man for made threes. I gambled going for steals."
The Hogs -- up by as much as nine with 13 minutes left -- still led 71-64 on Beard's two free throws with 7:48 to play. Tyler Harris missed two free throws for the Tigers, but the second was rebounded and went to Brown for a long three.
"That was a big momentum swing there," Anderson said. "Up by seven, you have to get that rebound.
"We take pride in defending home court. We didn't do it.
"The difference in the game, we didn't make free throws. We don't have a lot of margin for error. We went to the line with a chance to keep them at bay and we didn't make them."
Moses Kingsley led the Hogs with 20 points, but was just 6 of 14 from the foul line. He made only 2 of his first 9 from the foul line.
Arkansas made just 19 of 31 free throws. Auburn was worse, with 9 of 18. But the Tigers made 65 percent on threes, 61 percent overall.
Auburn coach Bruce Pearl mentioned the hot shooting, despite fatigue.
"We played basically with six and there was a lot of fatigue," he said. "Arkansas makes you play up and down. We were exhausted at the end, but obviously we shot it great. We had six guys play well.
"When you play Arkansas you are going to have to match their energy. If you don't, Arkansas is going to run you out of this pla
Arkansas made just 10 of 29 field goal attempts after halftime when the game was tied 46-46.
Anthlon Bell led the Razorbacks with 21 points and Moses Kingsley added 20 points and 10 rebounds. Dusty Hannahs scored 18 points off the bench.
Harris scored 19 points and Lang added 17 points for the Tigers. Bowers scored 14 points and had 10 assists.
"We had 18 assists and that's a high for us," Pearl said. "Bowers did a great job and we kept the ball moving. We made the extra pass. They rallied to him and he pitched it.
"Earlier, I had to call a couple of timeouts. Our guys were getting rattled."
Brown said, "We have enough talent, if we have the energy. The difference tonight was that we made shots."
Auburn won at Bud Walton Arena for the first time since 2009.
Arkansas is scheduled to host Missouri on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.