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Razorbacks become road Hogs

AUBURN, Ala. – Behind 20-point performances by sophomore B.J. Young and junior Marshawn Powell, Arkansas walked away with an 83-75 win over Auburn on Wednesday night at Auburn Arena.

Marshawn Powell had 20 points and nine rebounds Wednesday night.

Young scored 25 points off 8-of-16 shooting from the floor and 7-of-10 shooting from the free-throw line. Powell had 20 points and nine rebounds.

Arkansas now has four SEC road wins in the last three seasons. Three of those have come at Auburn.

Juniors Mardracus Wade and Rickey Scott each chipped in 11 points as four Razorbacks reached double-digits. Scott went 3 of 4 from three-point range.

“This was a highly contested game where two teams really wanted to get a win,” Arkansas Coach Mike Anderson said. “Having Marshawn out there really helped us and B.J. showed us what he is capable of. It was a good win, but hopefully it is just a start for them.”

The Razorback defense dis did what it doesbest – force turnovers. Arkansas forced 16 turnovers that resulted in 21 points.

The Razorbacks started out the first half strong by taking an early lead over the Tigers. Their largest lead of the first came with 13:01 on the clock as Scott knocked down a three-pointer (17-8) to silence the Auburn crowd.

Arkansas held its nine-point lead for only a short while as the Auburn offense finally started to get going. The Tigers went on a 14-5 run to tie the game at 24 after a pair of free throws by Frankie Sullivan. Auburn and Arkansas battled it out for the remainder of the half, with the Tigers going into the break with a, 35-33 lead.

Young led the Razorbacks in the half with 10 points, one rebound, one block and one assist. Scott recorded an eight-point first half as he went 2-for-3 from beyond the arc.

The Razorbacks went on a 7-0 run to start the second half as Wade, Young and Powell chipped in to give Arkansas a 40-35 lead. The Tigers went on a 5-0 run to tie the game after a jumper by Sullivan. The Razorbacks took back the lead with 14:57 remaining after Young hit a long three-pointer to make it 45-43.

Arkansas continued to grow its lead until it reached its peak at 12 points with 9:31 remaining -- 59-47 after Wade buried a three-pointer to send a hush across the Auburn crowd.

The Tigers weren’t done yet as they chipped away at the Razorback lead. Auburn came as close as three (61-58), but the Arkansas offense wasn’t done yet, going on an 11-4 run capped by a layup by Powell that restored the Arkansas lead to double-digits, 72-62, with just 2:45 remaining.

The Razorbacks hung tough on the defensive end and Young scored the final five points for the Razorbacks.

“I just talked to the guys how disappointed I was in their effort in the second half. It’s very disappointing,” Auburn Coach Tony 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.”

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.

Auburn senior Rob Chubb 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.

Arkansas returns to Bud Walton Arena for a two-game homestand that begins Saturday against Missouri at 3 p.m. Central on ESPN. Arkansas will then face Georgia on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.

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