FAYETTEVILLE — In a high-scoring contest, Arkansas fell to Auburn 90-86 on Wednesday night in Bud Walton Arena. For the second time this season, both Jabril Durham and Moses Kingsley had double-doubles in the same game – Durham with 12 points and 10 assists, and Kingsley with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Anthlon Bell scored 21 points, including 11 in the first 3:43 of the game, for his eighth game of 20-plus points this season. Dusty Hannahs got back on track with 18 points, shooting 4-for-9 from beyond the arc. The Tigers were deadly from three-point range, however, shooting 15-of-23 for the game, outpacing the Razorbacks’ 9-of-25 mark from deep.
Early on, it was clear that Arkansas and Auburn were in for a track meet. It was 13-13 at the under-16 timeout, then the Tigers led 27-26 with just under 10 minutes left in the first half. Bell was hot early, and led the team with 14 points in the first frame, as the teams went into the locker room tied 46-46.
The Razorbacks proceeded to go on a 15-6 run in the first six minutes of the second half to get out to a 61-52 lead, their biggest of the game. But back came Auburn with hot shooting – 6-for-8 from behind the arc in the second half, to be exact – as the visitors took an 80-79 lead with 2:33 left and never gave it up.
In all, the game featured nine dunks, 24 three-pointers, 37 assists and 178 points, which is the second-most of any Arkansas game this season. With the loss, the Razorbacks fell to 12-14 on the season, with a 5-8 record in SEC play.
“I thought our guys would come out tonight and play with a sense of urgency. I think we played hard, I just don’t think we played smart. When this team has faced adversity, they have come back and I think we have a good chance to show what we are made of Saturday.” — Head coach Mike Anderson
“Those two losses last week really got to us, so we wanted to come into today and play better. Everyone was having a great game offensively today but we weren’t getting any stops. The confidence was still there but once it comes down to SEC play, only one or two little things can cost you the game.” — Senior guard Jabril Durham
• With 12 points and 10 assists, Jabril Durham recorded his third double-double of the season.
• Durham also had four steals. It was his third game of the season with 10 points, 10 assists and four steals, tying Kay Felder of Oakland for the most such games in the country.
• Durham is one of five players in the nation with six games of 10-plus assists this year.
• With 20 points and 10 rebounds, Moses Kingsley recorded his 13th double-double of the season.
• Anthlon Bell has hit a three-pointer in all 26 games this season.
• Bell and Kingsley scored 20 points apiece in the same game for the third time this season.
• Kingsley had five offensive rebounds, his seventh game of the season with that many or more. Kingsley has grabbed one offensive board in all 26 games this season.
• Arkansas had 12 steals in the game, it was the sixth time this season the team had 10-plus in a contest.
• It was the third time this season the Razorbacks played a game in which neither team held a double-digit lead.
Arkansas returns to the hardwood on Saturday, Feb. 20, hosting Missouri for a 6:30 p.m. tip-off on SEC Network. Former head coach Eddie Sutton will be recognized at halftime with a banner ceremony, as the Razorbacks honor one of the all-time greats in the game of basketball.