The SEC road continues to plague the Razorback basketball team.
Arkansas lost their second straight SEC road game on Saturday, this time at Auburn as the Hogs fell 92-83 to the Tigers. The loss dropped the Hogs to just 2-4 on the road in conference play this season.
Tay Waller scored a season high 29 points for Auburn, hitting 7 out of 10 three pointers to beat the Razorbacks.
Marshawn Powell led the Hogs with 23 points, and Courtney Fortson and Rotnei Clarke contributed 16 points each in the losing effort.
“You have to give Auburn credit,” Arkansas coach John Pelphrey said of the Tigers’ performance. “They hit some timely threes. With a senior basketball team like they have you know that it is going to be hard fought.”
The game at Auburn was closer than the final score indicated. Arkansas tied the Tigers at 79 with 3:00 minutes to play on an offense rebound and layup by Marcus Britt. The Hogs missed their next three shots however, and couldn’t stop Auburn on defense down the stretch as the Tigers pulled away for the victory.
Arkansas struggled all game to stop a hot shooting Auburn team on the perimeter. In addition to Waller’s 7-10 performance from the three point line, the Tiger team shot 57.9% for the game beyond the arc, and 60.9% from the field for the game.
Auburn also outscored the Hogs by 14 points from the free throw line, hitting 25-33 free throws to the Hog’s 11-15 performance from the line.
The loss dropped the Hogs season record to 14-13 for the year, and 7-5 in conference play. Arkansas also lost their one game lead on the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the SEC West. The Bulldogs beat LSU on a late basket earlier on Saturday to tie the Razorbacks atop the Western Division.
Next up, the Hogs will travel to Baton Rouge to take on an LSU team that is still winless in SEC play. Arkansas beat LSU 87-52 less than two weeks ago at Bud Walton Arena.
The Hogs will take on the Tigers on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 7:00 p.m. The game will be televised by the SEC Network.