FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas scored just 15 points in the second half as Auburn broke open a tight game late to post a 52-37 Southeastern Conference victory over the Razorbacks Saturday at Bud Walton Arena.
Arkansas (5-8, 0-2) made just seven of 29 shots in the second half (24.1 percent) and was only 17 of 53 for the game (32.1). Auburn (13-2, 2-0) made just 19 of 48 for the game (39.6), but the Tigers were 10 of 24 in the second half (41.7).
Auburn also outscored Arkansas 9-1 at the free throw line in the second half. UA was just one of five at the line for the game while the Tigers made 11 of 18 attempts. The Hogs also had 24 turnovers, but that was just one more than Auburn.
The Razorbacks led 22-21 at the half and 28-27 with 13:40 remaining on a Kendrick Davis layup, but Brandon Robinson made a jumper and Marquis Daniels a three-pointer to put the Tigers ahead, 32-30 with 10:21 to play.
Davis, who led Arkansas with 11 points, made a layup to tie the game at 32-32 with 7:38 left, but Auburn scored six straight for a 38-32 lead. Carl Baker’s baseline jumper closed the gap to 38-34 with 3:44 left, but Daniels made a layup and Derrick Bird hit a three for an eight-point Auburn lead with 1:58 to go.
“This was an ugly game,” head coach Stan Heath said. “Auburn did a great job pressing us and forcing turnovers. Auburn took away things we were trying to get done. When we penetrated, they rotated over Kyle Davis, a great shot blocker. We looked bad offensively. We struggled shooting and it became contagious.”
Dionisio Gomez added seven points and five rebounds for Arkansas while Jonathon Modica had six points and four boards.
Bird paced the Tigers with 11 points. Daniels had 10 points and five rebounds, and Marco Killingsworth added eight points and nine boards.
Arkansas is off until Saturday, Jan. 18, when the Razorbacks play host to Georgia in a 5 p.m. game televised by SEC-TV, which is carried by Fox Sports Southwest in Arkansas.