FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Auburn’s depth wore down Arkansas and the 11th-ranked Tigers edged the Razorbacks in overtime.
Samir Doughty scored 23 points, including hitting two free throws in the final seconds of OT, and No. 11 Auburn edged Arkansas 79-76 on Tuesday night, overcoming a 40-point game by Mason Jones.
“Samir is a leader and not afraid of the moment,” Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said. “He has been terribly under the weather with a virus. He hadn’t practiced. He saved his energy and played lights out for us.”
Arkansas led 65-54 at the 5:59 mark on a Jalen Harris dunk but the Tigers closed on a 15-4 run to force the extra period.
“We play nine guys on a regular basis,” Pearl said. “Arkansas had three guys play 40-plus minutes and we didn’t have anyone. We’ve been able to wear people out.”
The Razorbacks (16-6, 4-5) were coming off a big win at Alabama, but were unable to continue the momentum against the Tide’s biggest rival.
“We had a shot at the end of the game to win the game,” Arkansas coach Eric Musselman said. “I thought our offense was problematic. This is the roster we’ve got. I thought we played good enough to win even in OT, to be honest.”
Jones has reached at least 30 points in three straight games, joining South Carolina’s Devan Downey as the only players in the last 20 years in the SEC to score 30 in three straight.
Auburn: The Tigers were only 8 of 31 from behind the 3-point line, but were still able to emerge with a win in front of a hostile road crowd.
Arkansas: The Razorbacks announced pregame that sophomore guard Isaiah Joe will be out indefinitely after having right knee arthroscopic debridement surgery Tuesday due to recurring inflammation. An already thin rotation gets even thinner for Musselman.