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Huge Second Half Spurs Auburn to Win over Georgia

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Tigers roll after halftime, take down Bulldogs.

NCAA Basketball: Georgia at Auburn John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

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Auburn beat Georgia tonight. That’s the short version.

Auburn beat Georgia tonight with a huge second half. That’s a bit longer version.

Auburn beat Georgia tonight after trailing by fourteen at halftime and completely dominated the Bulldogs, establishing one of the best home court presences in the SEC in the process and running away in the end. That’s a slightly more detailed version.

However you want to cut it, Auburn played terribly in the first half, fell behind 40-26, and ended up beating Georgia 79-65 at Auburn Arena to improve to 5-1 in the SEC and 17-2 overall on the season. The above dunk from Mustapha Heron gave Auburn the lead after an early second half surge, and the Tigers didn’t look back.

The first half was one of the worst that Auburn’s played all year. The Tigers shot 25% from the floor and fell behind 40-26 with Yante Maten on the bench for much of the duration due to foul trouble. It was terrible.

Bruce Pearl must’ve blistered some ears in the locker room at halftime.

After the intermission, Auburn shot 59% from the floor, hit six threes (four from Bryce Brown), and began the half on a 33-5 run. The game turned out to be out of reach pretty quickly (and violently, if you watch Mustapha Heron’s dunk above) and Auburn toyed with Georgia in the second half.

Brown scored 28 points overall in the game, with Heron (14 points), Jared Harper (13 points), and Anfernee McLemore (10 points) joining him in the double-digit territory. Yante Maten scored 17 to lead Georgia.

Just check out the highlights and enjoy.

The Tigers will take a few days off before having to hit the road once again against Missouri this Wednesday at 8 pm CST. With the win, Auburn stays atop the SEC standings at 5-1 overall (or a half-game back since Florida’s played seven games so far), but still. Point stands. Auburn is one of two schools with just one loss in the league, and they should be encountering a bit of an easier stretch moving forward.

War Eagle!