Arkansas 95, Auburn 59

Ronnie Brewer ties a career high with 23 points as Arkansas shakes off a tough overtime loss at LSU on Wednesday night by blasting Auburn 95-59 Saturday afternoon before a season-high 19,162 fans at Bud Walton Arena.

Arkansas made sure pretty early on the in the second half on Saturday afternoon that there wasn't going to be any controversey or referee's review that decided its fate at the end this time.

Ronnie Brewer tied a career high with 23 points, Darian Townes added 14 and Olu Famutimi 13 as the Razorbacks shot 68 percent in the second half and hammered Auburn 95-59 before a season-high crowd of 19,162 fans at Bud Walton Arena.

"It was great to be back at home," Arkansas head coach Stan Heath said. "It was almost a must-win game for us. We needed this game today. The energy from both the players and the crowd was tremendous today and we really appreciate it."

Jonathon "Pookie" Modica added 12 points, Mike Jones 10 and Eric Ferguson 8 points and 6 assists in the blowout win that broke a four-game losing streak for Arkansas (14-5, 2-4).

The Razorbacks shot 54.2 percent during the game, a mark bolstered by the sizzling 68 percent mark after halftime.

"They are so talented," Auburn head coach Jeff Lebo said. "I think their second five might have beaten us by 20."

Lebo, who starts essentially five guards in his first year at Auburn, was also very impressed with Arkansas' crowd.

"It's just as good as it gets," Lebo said. "It's just a great arena and they have great support. I hate to say it being a North Carolina guy, but it may be better (than North Carolina)."

The 95 points, helped by a 20-2 run that continued from one half to the other, was the most against an SEC team in Stan Heath's three-year tenure at Arkansas.

It was also the second-largest margin of victory for the school in SEC play, topped only by Arkansas' 115-58 thrashing of Mississippi State in Barnhill Arena in 1993.

The Razorbacks shot 79 percent from the line (22-of-28), had 19 assists and just 8 turnovers while forcing Auburn into 35.6 percent field goal shooting and 18 turnovers.

"That was a good win and I thought we played as well as we have played in awhile," Heath said. "I was really pleased with how our players came to play today and responded to a little adversity.

"...I thought we turned it up a notch, especially on the defensive end, really checked hard today, very active defensively and played very unselfishly. We took care of the ball, made our free throws - just a lot of positives today."

It also helped them get over the pain of a Wednesday night loss at LSU that went into overtime on a disputed call.

"We turned the page and had to get on with the season," said Brewer, who also added 7 rebounds and 4 of his team's 10 steals.

Ian Young had 16 points and Nathan Watson 15 as Auburn (9-8, 0-4) stayed at the bottom of the SEC Western Division race while losing its fourth straight.

Auburn freshman guard Toney Douglas, the SEC's leading scorer at 19.8 points per game, was held to just 8 points and did not score until there was 14:21 left in the game.

"He's a terrific player already and going to be a dynamite player for our league," Heath said. "Eric had the assignment early on and I thought he did a terrific job, getting in front of him and making him take tough shots."

Jones, the Razorbacks' lone senior and the guy who hit a much discussed field goal at LSU on Wednsday, gave Arkansas its largest lead of the night when he hit a 3-pointer with 28.6 seconds left.

Coupled with Marcus Monk's steal and slam, Jones' bucket put the Razorbacks up 95-56.

Auburn led 18-12 early on when Young hit a 3-pointer with 13:28 left in the opening half, but it was pretty much all Arkansas for that point on.

The Razorbacks went on a 14-2 run to end the first half with a 45-33 advantage.

They then scored the first six points of the second half and continued to build the lead througout the rest of the conference game.

Arkansas has an off date on Wednesday ahead of a big home game with Kentucky (14-2, 5-0) next Saturday at 2:35 p.m.

The Wildcats, narrowly escaping a loss at Ole Miss on Wednesday, pounded visiting LSU 89-58 on Saturday while knocking down a season-high 11 3-pointers.

"It (the mid-week break) comes at a good time," Heath said. "We were a little on edge and we are going to do some fine tuning. We are going to work on shooting and play execution to get ready for Kentucky. We want this place to be loud and pumped up."


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