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Conference woes continue

The losses keep piling up for Auburn.

The Tigers lost their 16th straight SEC game 86-67 to Arkansas Saturday at Bud Walton Arena to fall to 8-9 overall and 0-6 in the conference.

“We missed way too many shots, that was the bottom line,” Auburn coach Tony Barbee said. “We had any shot we wanted, great looks from behind the three, great looks in the paint, great looks at the rim.

“You’ve got to shoot better than 36 percent when you’re getting a ton of open looks against their defense.”

The biggest difference in the game was 3-point shooting, Auburn made just 4-of-19 while Arkansas was 9-of-19, and turnovers. The Tigers committed 18 turnovers, which led to 11 Razorback points.

“We got great looks against the press,” Barbee said. “The first half we had 13 turnovers, but we had one against the press. We were just making decisions in the half court that weren’t very good. We had our opportunities but we couldn’t get anything going offensively.”

Arkansas controlled much of the game, never trailing, and leading by eight or more points the entire second half.

Senior guard Chris Denson led Auburn with 18 points, and junior guard KT Harrell had 17 and a team-high seven rebounds. Freshman point guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen added 12 points

Starting center Asauhn Dixon-Tatum fouled out with no points and six rebounds in 17 minutes of action.

“We didn’t get much of anything out of the post,” Barbee said.

Arkansas, which improved to 13-6 and 2-4 in the SEC, was led by junior guard Rashad Madden with 24 points. Freshman forward Bobby Portis had 18 points and nine rebounds.

Auburn returns to action Wednesday night against Alabama at the Auburn Arena. Tipoff on the SEC Network is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.

Gus Malzahn and the football players will be on hand to receive the Foy-ODK Sportsmanship Trophy at halftime for the Tigers’ 34-28 win over Alabama in the Iron Bowl.

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