Matt Jones is the online sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Northwest Arkansas Newspapers.
Hogs snap 2-game skid in home return
Arkansas guard Coty Clarke (4) dunks the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Auburn on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, in Fayetteville, Ark.. Arkansas defeated Auburn 86-67. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)
FAYETTEVILLE Ky Madden scored a career-high 24 points as Arkansas beat Auburn 86-67 Saturday at Bud Walton Arena.
The Razorbacks used their inside game to build a lead in the first half and their perimeter game to maintain it after halftime. Bobby Portis scored 14 of his 18 points in the first half to help Arkansas build a 36-25 halftime lead.
Portis, who added 9 rebounds, had 10 points during a 17-3 Razorbacks run to extend Arkansas' lead to 31-16 with 3:28 left before halftime.
Madden and Fred Gulley each hit a pair of 3-pointers to keep the Tigers at bay early in the second half. Auburn never got closer than 8 points after halftime, losing its 16th consecutive Southeastern Conference game.
Arkansas (13-6, 2-4 SEC) snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 11-1 this season at home. The Razorbacks have won seven straight games against Auburn.
Madden and Anthlon Bell each hit 3-pointers during an 8-0 Arkansas run to open the game. The Razorbacks held Auburn without a made basket the first 7 minutes, 30 seconds, but the Tigers tied the game 8-8 with 11:43 left before halftime.
Arkansas made only 11 of 35 shots before halftime, but made 17 of 26 attempts in the second half.
Auburn (8-9, 0-6 SEC) never led. The Tigers pulled within 66-58 on KT Harrell's 3-pointer with 5:52 remaining, but were outscored 20-9 the rest of the way.
Gulley had 10 points and Bell added 9 points for the Razorbacks. Chris Denson scored 18 points to lead Auburn, while Harrell had 17 points.
Arkansas will host Missouri on Tuesday.