FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas broke its three-game Southeastern Conference losing streak with an 82-72 home win over Auburn Wednesday.
Arkansas used aggressive offense and hot shooting to improve to 10-6 overall and 1-3 in the SEC. The Razorbacks shot 52.1 percent from the field (25-of-48), their third-highest game percentage of the season, and made 25 free throws in 37 attempts, both season highs.
Auburn, which trailed most of the first half and was down 48-42 at the break, took a 57-55 lead with 12:38 to play. T.J. Cleveland and Blake Eddins hit two free throws each to give Arkansas the lead, and Jannero Pargo and Carl Baker followed with jumpers for a 63-57 advantage with 8:10 remaining.
The Tigers (11-6, 1-3) closed within 65-61, but Eddins nailed a three-pointer, and Alonzo Lane and Joe Johnson made two free throws each for a 72-61 lead with 3:08 to go.
Lane led the Razorbacks with 15 points off the bench. Pargo had 14, followed by Cleveland with 13, Johnson 11, and Baker and Brandon Dean with nine each. Dean also had a game-high four assists.
Baker, who missed four games with a strained back, played his first game since the Dec. 31 Grambling State contest.
Lane and Cleveland, who both came off the bench, combined to make 10-of-13 shots.
Marquis Daniels led Auburn with 20 points. Adam Harrington had 17 and Lincoln Glass 16.
UA stays home Saturday to entertain Alabama in a 4 p.m. game to be televised by Fox Sports Southwest.