AUBURN, Ala. – Arkansas held Auburn to 34 percent shooting Wednesday, but the Razorbacks were even worse on their end of the floor in dropping a 71-63 Southeastern Conference Western Division game.
The loss drops Arkansas to 14-9 overall and moves Auburn (15-9) into a tie with the Hogs in the division at 5-6.
UA held Auburn to 36 percent shooting in the first half and was even better in the second half, limiting the Tigers to 31 percent, but Arkansas made just 23 of 71 shots for 32.4 percent, its second-lowest percentage of the year.
The Razorbacks made just three three-pointers, which ties the season low, in 23 attempts for a season-low percentage of .130.
Despite the woeful shooting, Arkansas was within 61-57 with 5:24 to play and 65-63 with 1:10 remaining.
Charles Tatum led the team with 10 points, and his two free throws got Arkansas within two, but UA failed to score again. Lincoln Glass made two free throws with 59 seconds left and Abdou Diame scored on a layup with 42 seconds remaining.
Arkansas never led and was tied with Auburn just once, at 2-2.
UA’s two leading scorers, Joe Johnson and Jannero Pargo, were a combined seven of 31 from the field.
Johnson had nine points, 10 rebounds, five assists and three steals. Larry Satchell had eight points, six rebounds and five blocked shots. Pargo, Carl Baker and T.J. Cleveland added eight points each.
Satchell, Pargo and Cleveland also all fouled out.
Scott Pohlman led the Tigers with 18 points. Marquis Daniels had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Adam Harrington had 13 points.
Arkansas plays host to LSU at noon on Saturday in a game televised by Jefferson-Pilot.