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Auburn rides 3-point barrage to 79-56 win over Arkansas

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) The Auburn Tigers buried Arkansas under an early avalanche of 3-pointers, and the Razorbacks never came close to climbing out.

Bryce Brown scored 18 points and contributed five 3s to Auburn's long-range barrage in a 79-56 rout of the Razorbacks Wednesday night.

The Tigers (18-8, 7-6 Southeastern Conference) built a 30-point lead in the first half and made 17 of 33 3-pointers. It was the most 3s by Auburn since the opener against South Alabama.

They clearly listened to Jared Harper's pre-game suggestion.

''In the huddle, Jared came up to us and he was like, `When was the last time we started out with a big opening run?''' Auburn's Anfernee McLemore said. ''I was like, early in the season.

''He was like, let's start off one now. We didn't think it was going to be 22-1.''

The Razorbacks (14-12, 5-8) dropped their fourth straight game and could never dig out of that 22-1 hole in the opening minutes.

Brown made 5 of 8 3s to lead four Auburn scorers in double figures. McLemore scored 13 points while Chuma Okeke had 11 points and five assists. Harper scored 10.

The Tigers made six 3-pointers before Arkansas hit its first field goal after eight misses.

The first-half lead grew to 30 and stood at 45-20 at halftime.

Auburn looked more like the team that spent six weeks in the Top 10 earlier this season.

''It was a pretty dominating effort against a good SEC team,'' Tigers coach Bruce Pearl said. ''So something maybe to build on.''

And another difficult blow for the Razorbacks.

Arkansas' Isaiah Joe launched freely in a battle of the SEC's two most prolific 3-point shooters, himself and Brown. Joe scored 14 points and made 4 of 14 3s.

''We know they're a terrific 3-point shooting team,'' Razorbacks coach Mike Anderson said. ''They made 17 tonight. Our defense didn't do a good job of getting out there and finding their shooters.

''We know when they go on a run, they can really go off and they did tonight. And we couldn't make any shots.''

The Razorbacks shot just 32.8 percent overall and were 4 of 26 from 3-point range.

Daniel Gafford had 10 points and eight rebounds for the Razorbacks, but one miss summed up how things went.

''He had a wide-open dunk and he misses the dunk,'' Anderson said. ''That's the kind of night it was.''

BIG PICTURE

Arkansas: Never rebounded from a cold start when the team needed more than 7 minutes to make a basket. Also gave up a 23-1 run to Mississippi State in the last game. Mason Jones scored four points, 10 below his season average.

Auburn: Showed how dangerous the team can be when the 3-pointers are falling from a variety of shooters. Made a nice entry into the NCAA Tournament resume with a tough closing stretch looming.

''I looked at this game as kind of a game we had to have,'' Pearl said.

MALIK STARTS

Malik Dunbar scored eight points for Auburn, all in the opening six minutes, in his first start of the season and fourth of his career. Samir Doughty was limited by a foot injury.

''I just tried to worry about defense,'' Dunbar said.

UP NEXT

Arkansas goes for a season sweep of Texas A&M at home Saturday night.

Auburn visits No. 4 Kentucky Saturday in a rematch of a game the Wildcats won 82-80 on Jan. 19.

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Key Players
J. Harris
5 G
J. Harper
1 G
33.4 Min. Per Game 33.4
15.4 Pts. Per Game 15.4
6.2 Ast. Per Game 6.2
2.9 Reb. Per Game 2.9
35.8 Field Goal % 40.2
13.8 Three Point % 39.3
70.7 Free Throw % 82.4
  Shot clock violation turnover on Chase Maasdorp 1.0
+ 2 Desi Sills made layup 29.0
  Defensive rebound by Desi Sills 32.0
  Preston Cook missed layup, blocked by Ethan Henderson 32.0
  Offensive rebound by Preston Cook 34.0
  Myles Parker missed layup 36.0
+ 1 Gabe Osabuohien made 2nd of 2 free throws 58.0
+ 1 Gabe Osabuohien made 2nd of 2 free throws 58.0
  Gabe Osabuohien missed 1st of 2 free throws 58.0
  Shooting foul on Cole Blackstock 58.0
  Traveling violation turnover on Will Macoy 1:08
Team Stats
Points 56 79
Field Goals 19-58 (32.8%) 26-54 (48.1%)
3-Pointers 4-26 (15.4%) 17-33 (51.5%)
Free Throws 14-24 (58.3%) 10-20 (50.0%)
Total Rebounds 35 42
Offensive 10 8
Defensive 20 29
Team 5 5
Assists 9 16
Steals 10 11
Blocks 3 6
Turnovers 14 20
Fouls 13 24
Technicals 1 0
14 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST
18 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Arkansas 14-12 203656
home team logo Auburn 18-8 453479
Team Stats
away team logo Arkansas 14-12 75.3 PPG 37.1 RPG 16.0 APG
home team logo Auburn 18-8 79.7 PPG 37.1 RPG 14.3 APG
Key Players
1
I. Joe G 13.9 PPG 2.8 RPG 1.7 APG 41.3 FG%
2
B. Brown G 15.9 PPG 2.1 RPG 1.9 APG 43.7 FG%
Top Scorers
I. Joe G 14 PTS 2 REB 1 AST
B. Brown G 18 PTS 3 REB 1 AST
32.8 FG% 48.1
15.4 3PT FG% 51.5
58.3 FT% 50.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
I. Joe 14 2 1 5/18 4/14 0/0 1 37 1 0 1 1 1
D. Gafford 10 8 0 4/5 0/0 2/5 3 27 2 1 2 1 7
J. Harris 5 4 2 1/5 0/1 3/4 1 23 0 0 3 1 3
M. Jones 4 3 1 1/9 0/6 2/2 0 20 2 0 2 0 3
A. Bailey 1 2 0 0/2 0/0 1/2 1 12 0 0 0 1 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
I. Joe 14 2 1 5/18 4/14 0/0 1 37 1 0 1 1 1
D. Gafford 10 8 0 4/5 0/0 2/5 3 27 2 1 2 1 7
J. Harris 5 4 2 1/5 0/1 3/4 1 23 0 0 3 1 3
M. Jones 4 3 1 1/9 0/6 2/2 0 20 2 0 2 0 3
A. Bailey 1 2 0 0/2 0/0 1/2 1 12 0 0 0 1 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Sills 9 4 3 2/5 0/1 5/8 2 23 0 0 1 2 2
G. Osabuohien 7 4 0 3/4 0/1 1/2 0 19 3 1 1 2 2
R. Chaney 4 1 0 2/4 0/0 0/1 3 16 2 0 2 1 0
K. Embery-Simpson 2 2 2 1/6 0/3 0/0 2 22 0 0 2 1 1
E. Henderson 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
J. Holmes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Garland - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Ali - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Stevens - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Obukwelu - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 56 30 9 19/58 4/26 14/24 13 200 10 3 14 10 20
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Brown 18 3 1 6/10 5/8 1/2 3 24 1 0 2 1 2
A. McLemore 13 6 1 5/7 2/3 1/2 4 17 0 2 2 2 4
C. Okeke 11 4 5 4/8 3/5 0/0 1 29 1 3 2 0 4
J. Harper 10 2 4 3/9 3/7 1/1 0 30 0 0 2 0 2
M. Dunbar 8 5 3 3/8 2/5 0/0 2 22 2 0 2 0 5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Brown 18 3 1 6/10 5/8 1/2 3 24 1 0 2 1 2
A. McLemore 13 6 1 5/7 2/3 1/2 4 17 0 2 2 2 4
C. Okeke 11 4 5 4/8 3/5 0/0 1 29 1 3 2 0 4
J. Harper 10 2 4 3/9 3/7 1/1 0 30 0 0 2 0 2
M. Dunbar 8 5 3 3/8 2/5 0/0 2 22 2 0 2 0 5
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Doughty 6 4 2 2/3 1/2 1/1 4 21 2 0 5 0 4
J. McCormick 6 2 0 1/2 1/1 3/6 3 12 2 0 2 1 1
A. Wiley 4 4 0 1/1 0/0 2/6 4 13 1 1 0 2 2
H. Spencer 3 3 0 1/2 0/0 1/2 2 10 1 0 1 1 2
C. Blackstock 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
W. Macoy 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
D. Purifoy 0 3 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 17 1 0 0 0 3
M. Parker 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
C. Maasdorp 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
P. Cook 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
D. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Collier - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 79 37 16 26/54 17/33 10/20 24 200 11 6 20 8 29