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MEMORABLE GAME NO. 9

BY ANDRES FOCIL
MEMORABLE GAME NO. 9

MEMORABLE GAME NO. 9 ARKANSAS 104, No. 2 AUBURN 88 Feb. 24, 1999, at Fayetteville

Auburn hadn’t won a Southeastern Conference championship in 39 years but already had clinched the title and was ranked second nationally with a 25-1 record when the Tigers came to Bud Walton Arena for Arkansas’ regular season home finale. The Razorbacks had stunned fifth-ranked Kentucky four days earlier and believed a win over Auburn would clinch a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

It was an emotional evening before the game started. Seniors Derek Hood, Pat Bradley and Kareem Reid, record-setters who persevered through four sometimes-difficult seasons, were introduced to the Bud Walton fans for the final time.

Arkansas’ fans created the noisiest environment Coach Nolan Richardson, his players and long-time followers of the program could ever remember. An overflow crowd of 20,298 nearly shook the building with an incredible level of exhortation. Not a player or coach on either side completed an interview without mentioning the crowd.

The game itself was airtight throughout the first half. The Hogs surged ahead by 10 points twice but a last second three-pointer by Tiger star Chris Porter carved the advantage to four by intermission. It was a one-point game with 16:26 left but a rebound basket by Hood spurred the Razorbacks to a 30-10 run that left Auburn in shock. Both teams were quick, but the Tigers must have thought there were more than five Hogs on the floor as the noise pushed Arkansas beyond its highest previous performance level of the campaign.

When it was over, the Razorbacks had a 16-point victory and a spot secured in the NCAA Tournament. Bradley hit five three-pointers and finished with 23 points. Hood had 18 points and 13 rebounds. Reid earned 10 points and 10 assists. Junior Chris Walker added 21 points.

It was Arkansas’ finest execution of the season and the entire state was buzzing about the contest long after the season was concluded.

Arkansas 104, Auburn 88 Feb. 24, 1999 Bud Walton Arena * Fayetteville, Ark. * Att.: 20,298

Auburn
Tot-FG 3-Pt Rebounds
##Player FG FGA FG FGA FT FTA OF DE Tot PF TP A TO BLK S MIN
4 Chris Porter * 7 15 1 2 9 10 3 8 11 3 24 1 4 1 1 32
13 Bryant Smith * 3 8 0 1 5 7 6 1 7 2 11 0 1 0 0 27
34 Mamadou N’diaye * 4 6 0 0 0 0 4 4 8 3 8 1 1 1 0 26
10 Scott Pohlman * 5 15 4 8 0 0 4 1 5 3 14 2 0 0 1 32
50 Doc Robinson * 2 12 1 3 2 3 2 2 4 3 7 3 2 0 1 29
42 Adrian Chilliest 2 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 2 0 0 0 13
3 Reggie Sharp 0 5 0 2 0 0 1 3 4 1 0 2 2 0 0 11
23 Daymeon Fishback 5 6 3 3 0 0 2 2 4 2 13 1 1 0 0 16
12 Jay Heard 1 6 1 4 0 0 1 0 1 3 3 0 2 0 1 6
31 Mack McGadney 2 5 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 5 4 0 0 0 0 5
40 Abe Smith 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
45 Adrian Person 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
TEAM 4 1 5
Totals 31 83 10 29 16 21 27 23 50 26 88 13 13 2 4 200
FG% 1st Half: 13-37 .351 2nd Half: 18-46 .391 Game: .373 DEADBALL
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 6-13 .462 2nd Half: 4-16 .250 Game: .345 REBOUNDS
F Throw% 1st Half: 8-12 .667 2nd Half: 8-9 .889 Game: .762 1
Arkansas
Tot-FG 3-Pt Rebounds
##Player FG FGA FG FGA FT FTA OF DE Tot PF TP A TO BLK S MIN
15 Chris Jefferies * 4 7 0 1 1 2 1 2 3 3 9 1 0 2 0 20
41 Chris Walker * 6 11 5 7 4 6 3 4 7 1 21 2 3 0 0 32
55 Derek Hood * 9 11 0 0 0 1 6 7 13 3 18 6 1 2 0 26
12 Kareem Reid * 2 11 0 6 6 6 2 1 3 3 10 10 1 0 3 29
22 Pat Bradley * 7 11 5 7 4 6 0 2 2 3 23 1 2 0 0 26
5 T.J. Cleveland 1 4 0 3 1 2 1 5 6 2 3 2 2 0 1 22
13 Brandon Dean 4 7 1 1 0 0 1 2 3 2 9 0 1 0 3 13
23 Teddy Gipson 1 5 0 2 2 2 1 1 2 0 4 4 1 0 1 15
52 Jason Jennings 0 0 0 0 2 4 0 3 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 5
54 Joe Dean Davenport 0 0 0 0 2 2 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 2 0 8
24 Lance Keeling 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 2
4 Jason Gilbert 1 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 2
TEAM 0 2 2
Totals 35 70 12 30 22 31 17 29 46 19 104 27 12 6 8 200
FG% 1st Half: 14-33 .424 2nd Half: 21-37 .568 Game: .500 DEADBALL
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 7-14 .500 2nd Half: 5-16 .313 Game: .400 REBOUNDS
F Throw% 1st Half: 9-12 .750 2nd Half: 13-19 .684 Game: .710 4

Officials: David Bair, Tony Greene, Doug Shows Technical fouls: None Attendance: 20,298

Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total
Auburn 40 48 88
Arkansas 44 60 104


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