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Auburn Falls to Boston College 71-72

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That was ugly and not fun at all.

Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

In the dictionary of basketball under "bad loss," it now has a link to this game. Auburn was already in a position where the Tigers would likely have to hope to be a bubble team at best this season unless things change between now and March. When we get to that time of year, this is going to be the game people look at and point to as a huge negative for Auburn.

Boston College is one of the worst teams from a Power 5 Conference. So, because Auburn, this game was a nail-biter that featured Auburn not even getting a lead in the game until just under 7 minutes to play. It ended in the literal final second with BC getting a ball tipped in with less than a second on the clock.

Boston College opened up a big lead early in this game, jumping out to 10-2. The Eagles had double-digit leads on multiple occasions in the first half. Auburn pulled close in the 2nd half and appeared to tie it at one point, but a half-time review determined that one of Mustapha Heron's shots was a two-point attempt instead of the three he was originally credited with. BC went into the half leading by 4.

The second half saw a much closer game. The largest BC lead was 7, but the Tigers never let the game get away from them. Thanks to Danjel Purifoy and Mustapha Heron - who combined for 42 of Auburn's 71 points - the Tigers fought hard enough to be in a position in the final minutes.

Auburn opened up a four-point lead 69-65 with around a minute to go, but BC came back with two quick scores and some more bad shots by Auburn gave BC the ball. BC split free throws to take a one-point lead, then Danjel Purifoy hit two to take a one point lead 71-70 with 7 seconds left. BC drove all the way down and initially missed the shot, but a tip-in with less than a second left gave Boston College the 72-71 win over the Tigers.

Thoughts:

Not taking advantage of turnovers was a huge problem. The Tigers forced so many turnovers and blocks. Yet, they also turned the ball over just as much. It was extremely disheartening. Auburn was playing fast, taking bad shots, and just not playing smart basketball.

Horace Spencer had a heck of a night. Spencer was a blocking machine. I jokingly named him "Horace Spencer the Rim Defenser" after his very first game last year. Tonight, he lived up that name. He had a number of very big blocks.

Auburn struggles on the big stage. The last game of the Cancun Challenge. Tonight in Madison Square Garden. Both games on the big stage and both were the worst performances of the season for the Tigers by far. I don't know what the issue there is, but the Tigers have got to do a better job when the spotlight is on them.

This was a very bad loss. There's no other way to put it. Auburn should have won this game easily. Instead, they leave New York with a loss that could doom any major post-season hopes.

Auburn returns to the Plains this Thursday for a game against former coach Cliff Ellis' Coastal Carolina Chanticleers at 8:00pm Central in Auburn Arena.