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Tip-Off Countdown: #41 Auburn 84 Alabama 63


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

February 2, 2019 - Auburn Arena

AUTLIVE, Alabama the opponent, the orange jerseys, the Jungle, I mean what more could you want on a Saturday night???

Alabama came into town confident as they had taken 2 out of 3 the previous season from Auburn but instead, got more than they bargained for.

And after a slow couple minutes out of the game, the dynamic duo in the backcourt led the charge as the 3-pointers started flying early and often.

Down 7-1 early, Jared Harper would get the crowd into the game knocking down a 3 and would score in the paint on his next possession. Bryce Brown would get his night started with a 3-point play on the next possession to tie the game at 9.

And then came the 3s:

Bryce Brown would hit one on the next possession and then Jared Harper from Harpersville:

The 3s were the start of a 16-2 run which were capped off by a 3 and then a fastbreak dunk from Anfernee McLemore.

Alabama would come back with a 9-0 run after this point but it just set another run from Auburn.

With 6:36 left in the Auburn, the Tigers led 29-26 but a 19-2 run to close out the half would soon follow. And it wasn’t just a run of 3s but the Tigers forced turnovers and got the ball into the paint on the fastbreak, the run capped by a dunk from Bryce Brown courtesy of a lob from Jared Harper and the Tigers led by 20 at halftime, 48-28.

Alabama would try to get back into the game early in the 2nd half but the key play in the game was a 4-point play from Jared Harper as Alabama trailed by just 11 at that point (the closest they got the entire 2nd half) which made it 58-43 Auburn.

And then... take it away #ClassicMalik!!!

And from Rod’s perspective (one of my all-time favorite Rod calls)

To tell you all the truth, I have watched this clip no less than 2,000 times since it happened. The anticipation of the dunk and the unplanned simultaneous leaping of me and 2 of my friends in the front row knowing what was coming makes that my favorite dunk we saw from Malik while he was at Auburn.

Malik’s slame would make it 60-43 and Auburn would get the lead back over 20 with 3s from Danjel Purifoy and Bryce Brown.

And now it’s time for some Horace Spencer: Point GOD action...

It was all over but the crying at this point as the Tigers blew out Alabama for the 3rd consecutive year at Auburn Arena with a 21 point win. Auburn was 13-22 from 3 for the game.

Bryce Brown led the way shooting 5-7 from 3 and scoring 23 points. Jared Harper had 19 points on 3-6 shooting from 3. Anfernee McLemore had 10 points with 9 coming from Chuma Okeke.

Now that you haven’t had enough highlights, but one can never have enough highlights so here’s the full game highlights!

And I couldn’t end this without looping in one of my favorite postgame hype videos of all-time.