Auburn used an 18-0 run in the second half and a 22-point night from Mustapha Heron in taking down the Hofstra Pride 89-78 in the consolation game of the Charleston Classic.
The Tigers trailed 50-49 at halftime, but ran off the first 18 points of the second half in building a 67-50 lead that they’d never relinquish. The Auburn defense held Hofstra scoreless through the first 7:25 of the second half before the run was broken.
In the first half, Auburn’s biggest lead was five points, but for the most part it was a back and forth period of play with both sides taking leads multiple times. Heron and Jared Harper both notched double digits in the first half as the Tigers trailed by one at the break.
Out of the locker room, Auburn began the 18-0 run, which included eight points from Heron, and threes each from Bryce Brown and Davion Mitchell. Hofstra pulled within seven points in the late stages of the half, but it wasn’t enough as Auburn kept scoring and finished the night with a steal and a reverse dunk from Heron.
The Tigers finish in third place at the Charleston Classic, and they’ll have a few days off for Thanksgiving before welcoming Winthrop to Auburn Arena on 11/24. Make sure to check that out if you’re in town the night before the Iron Bowl.