Published Wednesday, January 16, 2013
BY KURT VOIGT
AP SPORTS WRITER
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) – BJ Young had the answer the second time around.
Young's late 3-pointer in double overtime and Marshawn Powell's 28 points helped Arkansas hold on to secure an 88-80 win over Auburn on Wednesday night.
The win was the second straight for the Razorbacks, who survived the hot-shooting Tigers and guard Frankie Sullivan's five second-half 3-pointers.
Young added 22 points and Mardracus Wade had 12 for Arkansas (11-5, 2-1 Southeastern), which now has won seven of its last eight games. Powell had 21 points in the second half and overtimes, finishing with his second-highest point total of the season.
Sullivan led Auburn (8-8, 2-1) with 26 points, 23 of them after halftime. He was 5 of 11 on 3-pointers, and the Tigers were 11 of 25 overall from behind the arc.
Arkansas led by as many as four points in the first overtime and had the ball in the closing seconds with the game tied at 75. However, Young drove into traffic and was blocked by a trio of Auburn defenders - sending the contest into a second extra period.
The Razorbacks never trailed in the second overtime, and Young's 3-pointer as the shot clock expired with 26.7 seconds remaining gave them an 84-78 lead. Coty Clarke and Kikko Haydar then hit four free throws in the closing seconds to secure the win.
The two teams combined to finish 27 of 50 from the free-throw line, with Auburn going 7 of 17.
Rob Chubb added 12 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out for the Tigers, who were attempting to win three in a row in the SEC for the first time since 2009.
Auburn led 12-6 early after back-to-back 3-pointers by Shaquille Johnson, keeping its lead at six at 14-8 following Asauhn Dixon-Tatum's third basket of the half.
Arkansas, which had struggled to score in its first two SEC games, followed with a 17-0 run and appeared to have found its offensive rhythm. Fred Gulley started the run with a 3-pointer, and Clarke's jumper put the Razorbacks up 21-15 with 10:53 remaining in the first half - and matched the number of points Arkansas scored in the entire first half against Vanderbilt on Saturday.
Haydar's 3-pointer capped the run, putting the Razorbacks up 25-14 and appearing to give them a commanding lead against an Auburn team that entered the game 0-4 against Arkansas under coach Tony Barbee.
That comfort level didn't last long, with the Tigers using an 8-0 run to pull within 28-25 late in the half after a bank shot by Sullivan.
The SEC's second-leading scorer at 17.2 points per game began to find his shot to open the second half. He scored and was fouled early, following that up with a 3-pointer after his missed free throw to pull Auburn within 37-32.
Sullivan then gave the Tigers their first lead since the opening minutes when he hit his third 3-pointer to put Auburn up 51-50. He followed that with his fourth 3-pointer moments later to extend the lead to 54-51, and Rob Chubb's dunk on the break make it 61-55 and improved the Tigers to 14 of 18 from the field in the second half.
Sullivan wasn't finished, hitting his fifth 3-pointer of the half to put Auburn up 64-59, but Arkansas rallied with a late 8-0 run to take a 67-64 lead in the closing minute.
Wade missed what would likely have been a pair of game-clinching free throws with 25.9 seconds left, and Allen Payne took advantage on the other end for the Tigers - hitting their 10th 3-pointer of the game with 5.2 seconds remaining to force overtime.
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