Freshman Bobby Portis dominated the paint and nearly scored a double-double against the Tigers. Photo credit: WholeHogSports
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark - Arkansas (13-6, 2-4) had lost four of their last five games going into their game with Auburn (8-9, 0-5), which included three-straight overtime contests and a close loss to the Volunteers in Knoxville Wednesday.
But the Tigers were no match for Razorbacks freshman Bobby Portis, as the Hogs took out the Tigers in Fayetteville, 86-67.
Portis stuffed the stat sheet and established a physical low-post presence that Auburn could not handle. Portis scored 18 points and pulled down 9 rebounds. He also blocked two shots. Junior guard Rashad Madden lead the Hogs with 24 points.
Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson seemed pleased with the victory and his team's effort. "I was happy with how aggressive we were after a slow start on the offensive end," said Anderson.
"The guys did a nice job of moving the ball tonight and the result of that was good looks which led to a high second half shooting percentage," Anderson continued. "We also showed the blue collar style we need to be successful with the guys diving for loose balls and creating chaos."
Auburn cut the Hogs lead to 66-58, with just over five minutes to play in the second half, but Madden quickly scored a layup that extended the Razorbacks lead to double digits for good.
Three Razorbacks scored in double figures, while Auburn's leading scorer and senior guard Chris Denson was held to 3-of-15 from the field, but he still scored 18 points thanks to his prowess from the free throw line (12/17).
The game was never in question as Arkansas raced out to an 8-0 advantage and the Razorbacks never trailed in the contest. The Hogs led 36-25 at the half and extended their lead during the second stanza, before winning the game by 19 points.
UP NEXT: Missouri Tigers
WHERE: Bud Walton Arena
WHEN: Tuesday, January 28.
TIP-OFF: 6 p.m.
LAST MEETING: The Tigers thumped the Hogs last season in Columbia by 30 points, 93-63. However, the Hogs did win their game against Missouri at home last February, 73-71.