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Auburn 70, Arkansas 63

1/21/2004

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."