Tigers rally past 'Hogs
Published: Thursday, January 22, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 21, 2004 at 11:39 p.m.
AUBURN, Ala. - Quinnel Brown scored all 16 of his points in the final nine minutes, including four 3-pointers, and Auburn rallied for a 70-63 victory over Arkansas Wednesday night.
The Tigers (11-5, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) trailed by as many as 19 points in the first half and never led until the reserve guard caught fire.
Nathan Watson and Ian Young hit two free throws apiece in the final 32 seconds to clinch the win over the Razorbacks (9-7, 1-4), who went cold shooting late.
Brown missed his first five shots, then hit two jumpers and two 3-pointers in a two-minute span to give Auburn its first lead, 54-50 with 6:36 to play. The outburst spearheaded a 13-0 run.
Brown, whose previous season-high was 12 points, completed a 3-point circuit, hitting from the right and left wings and both corners.
Arkansas retook the lead, 57-56, on Eric Ferguson's steal and layup. Brown answered again, hitting a pair of quick 3-pointers.
He has had eight 3s in the last two games and six the rest of the season.
Vincent Hunter's putback with 35 seconds left cut Auburn's lead to three points, but Watson hit two free throws, Kyle Davis blocked Billy Pharis's 3-point attempt and Young hit two more free throws.
Marco Killingsworth scored 16 points for the Tigers, who shot 50 percent in the second half to break a two-game shooting slump. Young had 14 points and seven assists, while Watson had 10 points and eight rebounds despite 3-of-17 shooting. Davis had eight points, 11 rebounds and four blocks.
Ferguson led Arkansas with 18 points while Olu Famutimi added 14.
The Razorbacks shot 58 percent in the first half and 24 percent in the second, going 2-of-14 from 3-point range after halftime.
They led by 13 at halftime after stretching their lead to 39-20 in the final two minutes.
The Tigers fired up 19 first-half 3-pointers in an attempt to shake Arkansas out of the zone defense. They only made four of them.
Killingsworth scored six points in the final 25 seconds, including a putback at the buzzer.
Auburn, which had shot just 29 percent in the last two games, had assists on 20 of 27 baskets.
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