WHY ARKANSAS WON: The Razorbacks pride themselves on conditioning and it looked like it paid off Wednesday. Arkansas simply outlasted Auburn, making key plays in the second overtime to earn its second straight win. Guard BJ Young recorded the biggest bucket, pulling up to knock down a 3-pointer in the final minute of the second overtime to gave Arkansas an 84-78 lead. It held up.
WHY AUBURN LOST: Auburn will point to a lot of things when it looks back at a missed opportunity to improve to 3-0 in SEC play. But the one that will make the Tigers cringe is their work at the free-throw line. Auburn went 7-for-17 in the loss Wednesday night, leaving potential game-winning points at the stripe. Four players accounted for the misses, including leading scorer Frankie Sullivan (3-for-7).
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Young may have hit the final big basket, but Marshawn Powell muscled his way into player of the game honors. The junior scored a game-high 28 points on 11-for-20 shooting, giving Auburn fits. Powell only had 7 points in the first half, but was much more assertive after the break. He also opened the second overtime period with a long jumper, giving the Hogs a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
STAT OF THE GAME: Arkansas guard Mardracus Wade only played 12 minutes against Vanderbilt. But Mike Anderson leaned on the junior much more Wednesday night. Wade didn’t start for the second straight game, but logged 35 minutes in the win. He also tallied 12 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist and 3 steals.
QUOTE OF THE GAME: “I’m tired man. I’m really tired.” — Powell after playing 44 minutes in the win. Young played a team-high 47 minutes.
UP NEXT: Arkansas will go on the road for the second time during the conference season, traveling to play at Ole Miss on Saturday (12:30 p.m. on SEC Network). The Rebels (14-2, 3-0 in SEC) are off to a strong start under coach Andy Kennedy, winning their first three conference games. It included an overtime thriller at Vanderbilt on Tuesday night, when guard Marshall Henderson tied the game at the buzzer in regulation. Henderson scored 26 in the 89-79 win.
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau