Arkansas 76, Auburn 70

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Sonny Weems and Patrick Beverley scored 17 points apiece and Arkansas held on for a 76-70 victory over Auburn.

It was the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.

Michael Washington gave the Razorbacks (12-3) a 74-70 lead by making 1 of 2 free throws with 28 seconds left. Then Quan Prowell missed a 3-pointer at the other end and Beverley added a layup at the end.

The undersized Tigers (9-4) missed four 3s in the final 40 seconds to lose any hope of a comeback.

While Auburn was mostly relying on long-range shots to try to counter a big Arkansas size advantage, Beverley and the Razorbacks were more consistently hitting them.

The Razorbacks shot 58 percent and made 9 of 19 3-pointers. Auburn was 9-of-35 from outside and seldom managed to get the ball around the basket.

The Tigers are playing without injured post players Korvotney Barber and Boubacar Sylla.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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