Razorbacks Cruise Past Struggling Tigers

Cold-shooting Auburn couldn't handle the Razorbacks on their homecourt in Fayetteville as the Tigers added to their SEC losing streak.

Fayetteville, Ark.--The script was different but the result was the same for the Auburn basketball Tigers, who fell to 0-6 in the SEC after dropping an 86-67 decision to the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday evening at Bud Walton Arena.

Unlike their other SEC games this season the Tigers didn't have a chance to win in the closing minutes. With the Razorbacks leading 66-58 after a three-point basket by Auburn junior guard K.T. Harrell, the visiting Tigers were outscored 20-12 the rest of the game.

The Tigers, who are 8-9 overall, dropped their record to under .500 for the first time this season while Arkansas improved to 2-4 in the SEC and 13-6 overall.

Coach Tony Barbee's teams have lost 16 consecutive SEC games going back to February of 2013.

"We had our opportunities, we just couldn't get anything going offensively," Barbee said.

The Tigers hit just 36.2 percent of their field goals while struggling from three-point range, making just 4-19 tries. Arkansas hit 45.9 percent of its shots and burned the Tigers by hitting 8-19 threes. The Razorbacks made 65 percent of their shots in the second half.

Auburn made 21-31 free throw attempts while Arkansas hit 22-30 at the foul line.

"We missed way too many shots--that was the bottom line," Barbee said "We got any shot we wanted. We had great looks behind the three, we had great looks in the paint, we had great looks at the rim.

"We did get fouled on some and got to the line, but you have got to shoot better than 36 percent when you are getting a ton of open looks against that defense," the coach added.

Chris Denson led the Tigers in scoring, but he struggled with his shooting. The senior guard was 3-15 from the field and 12-17 at the foul line.

Harrell scored 17 points for the Tigers on 5-13 shooting from the field. He led Auburn in rebounds with seven.

Auburn's only other double figures scorer was Tajh Shamsid-Deen with a dozen points.

Tony Barbee

Asauhn Dixon-Tatum added six rebounds, but the senior center did not score. His backup, Matthew Atewe, finished the game with two points and four rebounds. "We didn't get much of anything out of the post," Barbee said.

The game was close much of the first half although Auburn never led. The Razorbacks struggled to shoot from outside, but midway through the opening period while leading by just one point Arkansas began having success scoring inside. By halftime the home team was on top 36-25.

Junior guard Rashaad Madden led the Razorbacks with a career-best 24 points while freshman center Bobby Portis added 18 points and nine rebounds.

Worth Noting, Part 1: Auburn's bench, which did not score on Wednesday vs. Mississippi State, contributed 11 points vs. the Razorbacks. Dion Wade scored four points, Jordon Granger added three while Malcolm Canada and Atewe scored two apiece.

Worth Noting, Part 2: Arkansas improved its home record to 11-1 this season.

Stat of the Game: Auburn turned the ball over 18 times, including 13 in the first half. Arkansas finished the contest with six fewer turnovers.

The Tigers return to action on Wednesday night with a 7 p.m. home contest vs. Alabama.

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