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#12 Auburn beats Alabama, 90-71

22 February, 2018, 13:09 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
  • Auburn guard Malik Dunbar celebrates on the court after Auburn defeated Alabama 90-71 on Wednesday in Auburn Arena

"I just knew I had to step up with two of our teammates down", Okeke said.

The Auburn Tigers remain at the top of the SEC Basketball Conference and have a solid lead in the standings.

The win comes four days after a crushing 84-75 loss at SC where starting center Anfernee McLemore went down with a season-ending injury.

Auburn capped a special night with a statement win over Alabama.

"The second half, I felt like we weren't hustling", Sexton said. "We had some shots where there was no one between us and Tuscaloosa and we didn't hit them". "He asks 'coach, what do you want me to do?' Most freshman, they want balloons, they want streamers, they want shots". Leading scorer Bryce Brown also missed practice last week due to a bruised foot. Harper also had six assists after a nine-turnover, one-assist game in a loss to SC.

Pearl's teas has been focused since it first took the floor against Norfolk State in November, but down two of its starters against Alabama the focus and preparation was at a whole different level.

Okeke, who figures to be a key figure on replacing McLemore, scored 13 points in a seven-minute span of the second half.

Dunbar responded, with a career-high 14 points and also grabbed seven rebounds. Desean Murray had nine points and eight boards.

Auburn raced to an 8-0 lead in the first 1:12, with Spencer's layup and 3-pointers from Harper and Dunbar, who started in place of the flu-ridden Heron.

Head Coach, Avery Johnson comments on the maturity of his young team and how they continue to grow.

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Chuma Okeke had a quiet first half offensively, but came up with 5 rebounds (2 of them were offensive). "They played with more desperation than we did".

From the opening tip, it was apparent that the Tide would struggle to find offense. Hall leads in rebounds with 7.1 while Sexton tops in assists with 3.5 per game. Alabama got 11 points from Braxton Key and 10 from Avery Johnson Jr.

On Alabama's side of things, Collin Sexton recorded his 11th 20-point game of the season with 25 points on the night, 5 rebounds and 2 assists.

Alabama moved to 17-11, 8-7 in the SEC with the loss. Jared Harper 21 points, Chuma Okeke 16 off the bench.

No. 12 Auburn beats Alabama 90-71.

The No. 12 Auburn Tigers (23-4) are coming from an 84-75 loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks. "Were a team that doesn't give up 50 points in a game sometimes".

Up next for Auburn a road game against Florida on Saturday at 7:30 central and for Alabama a home game against Arkansas on Saturday at 5 central time.

The Lumberjacks, who led by as many as 42 points late, shot 56.9 percent for the game and 45.8 percent from three-point range as the Bears could only muster 32.3 percent from the field. Oh, he also knocked down a couple of 3-pointers for good measure.

The Lumberjacks had five players with 10 or more points, led by Shannon Bogues' 18 and Leon Gilmore's 17. The Crimson Tide started 0-for-4 from the court and 4-for-10 from the free-throw line. No other Sugar Bear scored over eight points.

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