Razorbacks Drop Close Game Against Auburn
FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM)- The Arkansas men’s basketball team is now 5-8 in SEC play after losing to Auburn Wednesday 90-86. The Razorbacks lost in a place they play best at, which is Bud Walton Arena, making their home record now 11-4 for the season.
The game was neck and neck the entire night, with the lead changing 12 times throughout the contest. Going into halftime both teams were tied 46-46, Arkansas as a team were 19-37 in shooting (51%) while Auburn was edging them slightly in the first half shooting 17-28 (61%).
Arkansas finished the night with a 44% field goal percentage while Auburn finished with a 61% field goal percentage.
“We let them get into a nice rhythm and that showed in the first half we gave up 46 points,” said head coach Mike Anderson on the loss. “Then we came back in the second half and gave up 44, so disappointed in our defensive effort, we had a lot of break downs. I thought we played tough in the rim we always talk about defending the rim and we didn’t do that.”
Arkansas’s Athlon Bell lead the team with 21 points and Hogs big man Moses Kingsley was not far behind him with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Jabril Durham had the most assists out of both teams, with 10 total.
“We [weren’t] getting any stops,” said senior guard Jabril Durham. “But, once it come down to this SEC play it’s just a couple of plays that determines the win and loss. You can’t have bone-head decisions from your seniors and the people he depends on.”
Auburn’s Bryce Brown hit nine three-pointers Wednesday, making it the most three-pointers an SEC visiting team player has made at Bud Walton arena since 1996.
The Razorbacks will be playing at Bud Walton Arena Saturday against Missouri at 6:30 p.m.