Arkansas Holds Off Mistake-Prone Tigers

Auburn couldn't make the plays it needed to pull off an SEC road win at Arkansas.

Fayetteville, Ark.--For a second straight game turnovers were the culprit for Coach Jeff Lebo's Tigers, who lost ground in the SEC West after falling 65-57 to the Arkansas Razorbacks on Wednesday night at Bud Walton Arena.

The Tigers dropped to 4-6 in SEC basketball competition and 14-11 overall. Arkansas is now 4-5 in the SEC and 15-8 overall.

"We can't win with that many turnovers--I don't care if it is at home or on the road," said Lebo, whose team was charged with 19 turnovers.

After turning the ball over 25 times in its previous outing, a homecourt loss to Ole Miss, Lebo said keeping the mistakes to a minimum was a high priority. "The turnovers just killed us, just absolutely killed us," he said. "Nineteen in the game, 11 in the second half.

"It is just frustrating because we had them right where we wanted them and we had them in the style of game we wanted on the road," he added. "We could not hold on to the ball."

The Tigers put all five starters in double figures in scoring, but finished the night with just two points from the bench on a basket by freshman guard DeWayne Reed.

Josh Dollard hit 6-12 field goals to lead the Tigers with 15 points while Korvotney Barber, Frank Tolbert, Quantez Robertson and Quan Prowell each scored 10. Rasheem Barrett, who has been a starter, didn't score in a reserve role.

Korvotney Barber handles the ball vs. Darian Townes of Arkansas on Wednesday night. Barber had seven turnovers vs. the Razorbacks.

For the Razorbacks, junior guard Gary Ervin scored 18 points as he hit 7-14 field goals, including two of four three-pointers. All of his points came in the second half as Arkansas overcame a 29-26 AU lead at intermission.

Freshman guard Patrick Beverley scored 13 points, sophomore center Darian Townes added 11 and junior forward Charles Thomas added 10 for the home team.

Auburn kept the game close until the final minutes, but didn't have enough offensive firepower to win the contest. The Tigers compounded their turnover problem by hitting just 42.3 percent of their shots to 50.0 percent for the home team.

Despite the problems, the Tigers had a chance to win the game until the final minute. Lebo pointed that Prowell had an unguarded three to tie the game late in the contest, but that was just one of a variety of plays the Tigers didn't make in crunch time.

"Defensively we were good enough against an Arkansas team that can run you out of the gym," said Lebo.

Auburn also rebounded well against the bigger team, finishing with 29 boards, one less than the home team.

AU made 6-17 threes and 7-8 free throws while Arkansas hit 4-15 threes and 9-17 free throws.

The Tigers return to action on Saturday vs. Mississippi State.

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