Hot-shooting Auburn wins at Arkansas

Bryce Brown scored a career-high 27 points on nine 3-pointers to lead the Tigers to a 90-86 victory over Arkansas.

Bryce Brown scored a career-high 27 points on nine 3-pointers, Tyler Harris added 19 points and TJ Lang 17 on five treys to lead Auburn to a 90-86 win at Arkansas Wednesday in Bud Walton Arena.

Brown was one 3-pointer shy of tying Lance Weems’ school record in 14 3-point attempts. Bowers notched his 11th double-double with 10 rebounds and six assists. Harris added five rebounds, five assists and three steals. Lang was 5-of-6 from 3. Horace Spencer had a career-high seven blocks and six points and five boards.

Trailing 78-74 with just over four minutes to play, Auburn went on a 16-6 run to take a 90-84 lead with nine seconds to go. Back-to-back 3s by Brown and Lang gave Auburn a 86-81 lead with 1:16 to go.

“It was very, very special. It was great,” said Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl. “That one there is for the kids more than anybody else. They obviously given everything, could have cashed it in.” Auburn came out smoking, making eight of its first 11 3-pointers, behind 6-of-9 shooting from Brown as the Tigers and Hogs were tied at 46 at the half.

It was a shootout in the first half as the Tigers and Hogs matched each other nearly shot for shot as Auburn shot 61 percent (17-of-28), including 60 percent (9-of-15) from 3. Arkansas shot 51 percent (19-of-37), including 46 percent (6-of-13) from behind the arc.

The Tigers, who broke an eight-game losing streak to Arkansas, including five-straight in Fayetteville, shot 61 percent from the floor and 65 percent (15-of-23) from 3-point range. Auburn held Arkansas to 44 percent shooting, including 35 percent in the second half.

Auburn improved to 10-15, 4-9 in SEC play.

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