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January 24, 2009

Auburn picks up big SEC road win

Korvotney Barber had 15 points and 18 rebounds to lead Auburn to a 73-51 win over Arkansas on Saturday.

"I thought defensively we were really good. Our start was important," AU head coach Jeff Lebo said. "Barber was great, he has been solid. He is finally coming back and getting consistent."

The Tigers (12-7, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) pulled ahead in the first half with some impressive 3-point shooting, then turned the game into a rout by scoring the last 14 points of the second.

"It was a big SEC road win for us," Barber said. "Our defense really helped us out."

Stefan Welsh led Arkansas (12-5, 0-4) with 14 points.

Welsh made a 3-pointer on Arkansas' first trip down court, a good omen for a team that had been struggling from the outside. However, it was Auburn that put on a first-half shooting clinic, starting 7-of-8 from 3-point range and entering the intermission up 38-31.

DeWayne Reed finished with 16 points to lead the Tigers. Tay Waller added 14, including four first-half 3-pointers.

"Texas and Oklahoma didn't get a win here, and I have been in the league 10 years," Lebo said. "I don't think the team realizes how hard it is to win here in Fayetteville."

Auburn returns to action Tuesday night at home against Texas Pan American. Tip-off at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.

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