Slide continues against Hawgs

AUBURN -- Arkansas has four SEC road wins in the last three seasons. Three of those have come at Auburn including Wednesday night’s 83-75 win at Auburn Arena.

Josh Wallace had 7 points for Auburn.

Auburn head coach Tony Barbee spoke to his team in the locker room for 30 minutes before meeting with the media.

“I just talked to the guys how disappointed I was in their effort in the second half. It’s very disappointing,” Barbee said. “We got down by 10 and fought our tails off together in the first half. In the second half, we didn’t do it and it’s disappointing.”

Auburn trailed by as many as nine points in the first half but battled back to take a 35-33 lead into halftime. But three straight 3-pointers by Arkansas opened up a 59-47 lead with 9:20 remaining.

Auburn cut it to three on a dunk by Shaquille Johnson with 5:15 left but Arkansas responded with an 11-4 run to stretch the lead back out to double-digits.

Barbee said his team came into the game with some confidence after a 49-37 win over Alabama last Wednesday and a hard-fought 72-62 loss at Kentucky Saturday.

“We didn’t play great against Alabama but we collectively fought our butts off. Even though we didn’t win at Kentucky, we collectively fought our tails off. It was disappointing that we came in here tonight and did it for a half and not for a complete game,” he said.

“I wish I had the answers If I did, it wouldn’t happen.”

B.J. Young had 25 for Arkansas and Marshawn Powell added 20 as the Razorbacks improved to 15-9 on the season and 6-5 in the SEC.

Auburn, losers of eight of its last nine SEC games, fell to 9-15 and 3-8.

After starting the first 23 games, senior Frankie Sullivan came off the bench for the first time against the Razorbacks. He finished with 11 points, missing both of his 3-point attempts and committing five turnovers.

Senior Rob Chubb also struggled. Playing just 17 minutes due to foul trouble, he managed just four points on 2-of-8 shooting and committed five turnovers.

“Sixteen turnovers and not one against the press. Ten between two seniors. That tells you all you need to know,” Barbee said.

Chris Denson led Auburn with 18 points and five assists.

The biggest cheer from a subdued crowd of 5,783 came during halftime when sophomore Stephen Bass made a layup, free throw, 3-pointer and halfcourt shot within 24 seconds to win $5,000 in tuition.

Auburn hosts No. 7 Florida Saturday at 12:30 p.m. CT.


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