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Beverley's big game helps Arkansas past Auburn 77-64

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Patrick Beverley scored 27 points, upstaging his six senior teammates a bit last night in Arkansas' 77-64 win over Auburn.

Beverley, a sophomore, went 9-of-11 from the field and made all six of his 3-point attempts in the Razorbacks' home finale.

Arkansas (20-10, 9-7 Southeastern Conference) led by 19 at halftime. After the Tigers cut the margin to 10, Beverley made a big 3-pointer with under six minutes remaining in the game.

Before the opening tip, Arkansas honored its six seniors, all of whom play regularly. Coach John Pelphrey started five of them, meaning Beverley was a reserve for only the second time this season.

Beverley didn't seem bothered. He scored 14 points in the first half without missing a shot.

Pelphrey earned his 100th career victory. He is in his first season at Arkansas after five at South Alabama. Pelphrey's 20 wins are the most by a first-year Arkansas coach.

Auburn (14-15, 4-12) finished last in the SEC West and will play Number 16 Vanderbilt in the first round of the conference tournament Thursday. Arkansas has a bye and faces the winner of that game Friday.

Auburn's Frank Tolbert finished the game with 17 points.


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