8:00 PM ET, January 21, 2004
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Once again, Auburn couldn't hit from anywhere until Quinnel Brown started hitting from everywhere.Brown scored all 16 of his points in the final nine minutes, including four 3-pointers, and the Tigers rallied for a 70-63 victory over Arkansas Wednesday night."I have always believed if I take good shots I will hit them," said Brown, who hit 3-pointers from the left and right wings and both corners. "They gave me the shots so I took them and made them."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. It was Auburn's biggest comeback since rallying from a 19-point deficit against LSU for a 73-70 win in 1999.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."It was a great comeback, one of the best comebacks we've ever had here," Auburn coach Cliff Ellis said. "We've had comebacks, but a lot of times they've been on the road. I don't know of a better comeback since I've been here than what happened tonight."Auburn's dreadful shooting of the past two games continued in the first half, hitting just 27.5 percent to fall behind 41-28 at halftime.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.Arkansas retook the lead, 57-56, on Eric Ferguson's steal and layup. Brown answered again, hitting a pair of quick 3-pointers."I've never had something like that, with a big crowd like that," said Brown, whose previous season-high was 12 points. "I've never had that before."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. Arkansas led 39-20 in the final two minutes of the first half."In the second half, they made plays and shots while we didn't," Arkansas coach Stan Heath said. "We didn't show much patience like we did early on, and I'm disappointed in that."We got away from our game, and Auburn did a good job of capitalizing."Famutimi put it more strongly."We just have to start playing 40 minutes instead of quitting after 20," he said. "We let Auburn come back on us and get their energy back. We can't let that happen anymore."The comeback started late in the first half. 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."Coach Ellis told us at halftime we need to step up our game," Young said. "He told us we needed to hit shots like we make in practice."We went out there in the second half and did what we needed to do to win the game."
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