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
|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|
|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|
|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|
|54||Joe Dean Davenport||0||0||0||0||2||2||1||0||1||0||2||0||0||2||0||8|
|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|