Published Thursday, February 14, 2013
BY JOHN ZENOR
AP SPORTS WRITER
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) – B.J. Young and Marshawn Powell made Arkansas feel right at home Wednesday night.
Young scored 25 points and Powell had 20 to help the Razorbacks win for the first time on the road in an 83-75 victory over Auburn.
The Razorbacks (15-9, 6-5 Southeastern Conference) had lost their first six road games but controlled this one down the stretch.
"I thought our focus was great," Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said. "I could see it at the shootaround, pre-game. Our guys were really honing in on the task at hand."
Especially Young and Powell.
The Tigers (9-15, 3-8), who have lost eight of nine, trimmed a 12-point deficit to three in the final five minutes. Then Powell and Young combined for the next seven points and Powell also had a nice dish to Mardracus Wade for another basket.
And Auburn's funk continued.
"It's disappointing that we come in here tonight and do it for a half and not for a complete game," Auburn coach Tony Barbee said. "It's just disappointing. I wish I had the answers. If I did, it wouldn't happen."
Young, who started for the first time in four games, capped his evening with three free throws and a breakaway dunk in the final seconds.
"He was the player we know he's capable of being, an All-SEC performer," Anderson said. "It was good to see him come out and really get into a rhythm."
Powell, who had 28 points and 11 rebounds in the first meeting, grabbed nine boards in the Razorbacks' sixth straight win in the series.
He had been limited to 17 minutes and five points after getting in foul trouble in a 67-49 road loss to Vanderbilt.
"It was good to have No. 33 (Powell) out there on the floor," Anderson said. "Our last game he got in foul trouble and it really hurt our basketball team."
Wade and Rickey Scott had 11 points apiece for the Razorbacks, who scored 21 points off 16 turnovers. The Razorbacks only turned it over eight times and shot 56 percent (16 of 29) in the second half.
Chris Denson led Auburn with 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting.
Frankie Sullivan had 11 points for the Tigers in his first game off the bench. The Tigers' leading scorer had struggled in the seven games since pouring in 26 points in the 88-80 double-overtime loss to Arkansas on Jan. 16.
He entered the game after the first three minutes but didn't hit a field goal until several minutes into the second half.
Barbee's not sure his message got across.
"I've got to look at the tape and see what he did defensively," he said. "He didn't play well offensively obviously. I still didn't get the results that I wanted by not starting him."
Auburn hit two 3-pointers in the final minute to come within five points. Young missed two free throws but Wade slipped inside for the rebound and follow-up shot after the second.
Young got more chances at the line and made 3 of 4 in the final 31 seconds before punctuating the win with the dunk.
Young, Powell and Wade hit consecutive 3-pointers in a just over a minute to give Arkansas a 59-47 lead just past the midpoint of the half.
The Razorbacks had five 3-pointers during that 17-5 run, including a pair by Young. Auburn center Rob Chubb was called for a foul after Powell's 3, setting up Wade's own long-range shot.
"That was a big turning point because it just shows you the level of frustration," Powell said.
Auburn came back over the next five minutes and cut it to 61-58 on Jordon Granger's alley oop from Denson with 5:08 remaining.
Powell and Young aborted that comeback.
Barbee turned to a younger lineup for the final minutes. Seniors Sullivan and Rob Chubb - who also had five turnovers - were not on the floor in the final two minutes.
"I told our guys I'm looking for a group of guys that fight down the stretch," Barbee said. "I don't care if they're seniors or freshmen."
The Tigers trailed twice by nine points in the first half, but took a 35-33 lead into the locker room. Asauhn Dixon-Tatum scored on a putback with 4 seconds left.
The Razorbacks scored the first seven points of the second half to go ahead 40-35 and didn't give it up.
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