Sizzling Shooting Roasts the Razorbacks

Auburn shot just under 61 percent from the field on the way to an SEC basketball victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Auburn, Ala.--Tay Waller scored a season-high 29 points as hot-shooting Auburn scorched the Arkansas Razorbacks in a 92-83 SEC basketball victory on Saturday night.

The 92 points was the most scored by an Auburn team in the Jeff Lebo Era in a conference game. The Tigers did that by hitting 60.9 percent of their field goals.

However, where the Tigers really stood out was behind the three-point line. Led by Waller, who was 7-10 on treys, Auburn hit 11-19 three-pointers.

The Tigers also made 75.8 percent of their free throws as they improved their record to 13-14 overall and 4-8 in the SEC.

Arkansas, which defeated the Tigers in overtime in Fayetteville this year with the help of a controversial goal-tending call, fell to 14-13 overall and 7-5 in the SEC after coming into the game with a one-game lead in the SEC West.

"I think both teams are hard to defend," said Lebo, who noted that the Razorbacks shot the ball well, too, making 33-66 field goals.

Commenting on Waller, Lebo said, "He is one of those kids that there is not a shot that he doesn't like. He takes some teeth-clenchers you have to chew on a little bit occasionally, but he has the ability to make them so I have to give him that freedom once he gets going a little bit. I talk to him about that.

"He was outstanding making shots from three and he is doing a little bit better getting to the mid-point and making some pull-up jumpers, which is nice to see," Lebo added.

Tay Waller launches a three.

It was a pull-up jumper on a called play that put the Tigers up for good and started a 7-0 run that extended Auburn's lead to 86-79 with 41 seconds left. The Tigers were able to ice the game from there at the foul line.

Senior Lucas Hargrove said when Waller makes two treys in a row, the players need to keep feeding the shooting guard. "We have a team rule with Tay, if he hits two threes the next one has got to go up, it's got to go up," Hargrove said.

Waller said he had been waiting to have a game like the one on Saturday night all season. "I was feeling like I couldn't miss," the guard said. "When I was on the sidelines, I was telling Coach, ‘Put me back in.' He put me back in and the first shot I took it went in and then I realized I was still in the zone and I?stayed in it."

Auburn was on top 42-36 at halftime after leading by as many as nine in the opening period as a crowd of 8,312 watched the action at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum.

DeWayne Reed scored 17 for the Tigers. He hit 5-7 field goals, made his only trey and hit all six of his free throws in 25 minutes of playing time. He had four assists, four turnovers and two steals.

Turnovers were the only major issue for the Tigers, who had 19 in the fast-paced game. Arkansas turned the ball over 14 times.

Hargrove scored 13 points and led the Tigers in rebounds with eight. The Tigers out-rebounded the Razorbacks 32-27.

Brendon Knox came off the bench to scored 12 points and pull in seven rebounds. Frankie Sullivan was the fifth Tiger to score in double figures with 11 points.

Arkansas got 23 points and seven rebounds from its outstanding freshman forward, Marshawn Powell. He hit 10-16 field goals.

Courtney Fortson scored 16 points, but hit just 5-15 field goals and turned the ball over six times. Lebo said he was pleased with Auburn's defense on the sophomore point guard.

Rotnei Clarke, who hit four treys for the Razorbacks, scored 16 points.

"I was proud of my team," Lebo said. "I thought we handled the second half well. They (Arkansas) took a punch, got the lead and we made some big plays in the second half with some big shots."

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