“Auburn has the longest winning streak in the country.”
“Auburn is the only undefeated team in SEC play.”
“Thought you oughta know.”
Auburn beat Mississippi State 76-68 in Starkville earlier today to improve to 4-0 in the SEC and become the only team still perfect in the league after Florida lost at Ole Miss earlier this afternoon. The Tigers erased a thirteen-point second half deficit and overcame a first half in which they scored just 26 points.
The Tigers got a monumental effort after halftime from Bryce Brown, who finished with 23 points overall, including five three-pointers as he helped Auburn mount the comeback. Auburn outscored the Bulldogs 52-33 after halftime and accomplished a ton at the foul line. The Tigers went 25-32 at the free throw stripe, taking advantage of the opportunities they were afforded in a foul-filled game.
Bruce Pearl’s team also overcame a very quiet night from Anfernee McLemore, who was neutralized often by the length of Mississippi State’s front court. McLemore finished with zero points, one rebound, and one block. Aside from Brown, the rest of the Tiger starters played very well, with Desean Murray and Mustapha Heron each notching 14 points, whiled Jared Harper scored 12.
Auburn hit just 35% of its shots, but hit 43% from downtown, which provided the difference when couple with the foul shooting. With the win, Auburn improves to 16-1 overall, and 4-0 in the SEC. The 14-game winning streak is best in the country, followed by Purdue’s 13-game streak, and Saint Mary’s 12-game spurt. The road swing only gets tougher, with a monumental test in Coleman Coliseum against Alabama coming on Wednesday night for a 6 pm CST tipoff. Alabama broke a two-game losing streak today by beating South Carolina at home 76-62 earlier this week and is leading LSU at the time of this publishing.