2:05 PM ET, January 22, 2005
Bud Walton Arena, Fayetteville, Arkansas
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Arkansas made sure it would avoid overtime Saturday, dominating Auburn on both ends of the court and erasing the memory of a bitter, controversial loss at LSU three days earlier.Ronnie Brewer scored 23 points and Olu Famutimi scored 12 of his 14 points during a 30-9 run as the Razorbacks beat Auburn 95-59 in a Southeastern Conference game."We were hurt. It really hurt our hearts" when Arkansas lost to LSU 66-63 in overtime Wednesday night after officials gave the Razorbacks 2 points for a shot they believed was a 3, Arkansas coach Stan Heath said.Against a smaller Auburn team, Arkansas was able to work the ball inside, force 18 turnovers on defense and leave no doubt that these Tigers would force an extra period."They don't have a lot of depth and we thought we could wear them down," Heath said.The Razorbacks (14-5, 2-4 SEC) adjusted their defense after Auburn made five of its first seven 3-point shots in taking an 18-12 lead. The Tigers were 2-of-9 on 3-point tries the rest of the half as Arkansas built a 45-33 lead."We were surprised a couple times by the range their guys had," said Heath, who called a time out to reset his defense after Ian Young hit the second of his back-to-back 3-pointers. "There was a stretch there at the beginning of the game where they were hitting their 3s. I was worried it could get us down a bit."Arkansas scored its most points ever in an SEC game under Heath, who is in his third year at the school. Arkansas also broke a four-game losing streak. Auburn has lost four in a row.The 36-point victory was Arkansas' second-largest ever in Southeastern Conference play, behind a 57-point victory over Mississippi State (115-58) in 1993.In addition to suffering from a change in Arkansas' defense, Auburn (9-8, 0-4) also suffered from its own poor ball-handling. A Young 3-pointer with 7:49 left before halftime gave Auburn a 28-26 lead, but the Tigers turned the ball over six times in the next seven minutes.Famutimi's 21-footer put Arkansas up 29-28 with 7½ left and a 22-footer two minutes later made it 34-31. Ronnie Brewer re-entered the game for Famutimi with just under four minutes left and scored six points to build Arkansas' lead.Auburn was scoreless for the last 3:47 of the first half and the first 2:15 of the second half -- a period in which Arkansas scored 15 points. Famutimi's steal and dunk with 18:20 left made it 51-33 and Arkansas was never threatened again."In the first 17 minutes of the game we were making shots and staying in the game. We thought we had them in a tough situation because of what happened at LSU," Auburn coach Jeff Lebo said.But, Lebo said, "We wear down. It's hard for us to sustain anything. They kept pounding it in there."And guard Nathan Watson added, "We played good for a half but it just went haywire once we came back out for the second half."Arkansas has 27 points off the bench to 7 for Auburn.Darian Townes scored 13 for Arkansas, Jonathon Modica had 12 and Michael Jones added 10. Young finished with 16 for the Tigers, while Nathan Watson scored 15.The game was Arkansas' first since a controversial overtime loss at LSU Wednesday night. Game officials disagreed Wednesday night on whether Michael Jones made a 2-pointer or a 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left in regulation -- with the difference being a one-point Arkansas victory or overtime.LSU won in overtime, and SEC officials said Wednesday there was no conclusive evidence that Jones really had hit a 3, as one official had claimed.Brewer said the team wanted to put the LSU loss behind it."We had to get up for Auburn and play well. It's a long season. We've got a lot of games ahead of us."There was little doubt Arkansas would win once it addressed a series of Auburn 3-point shots, many of them wide open. With the game tied at 12, Moses Edun stole the ball off a Dontell Jefferson pass and fed ahead to Young, who drained a 21-footer with 14:15 left. Young made an unchallenged 20-footer on Auburn's next possession, prompting an Arkansas time-out to address failed defensive assignments.The Razorbacks responded with a 12-5 run to regain the lead.
|FG Made-Attempted||21-59 (.356)||32-59 (.542)|
|3P Made-Attempted||10-29 (.345)||9-19 (.474)|
|FT Made-Attempted||7-9 (.778)||22-28 (.786)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||24 (0/0)||11 (0/0)|