January 22, 2020 - Auburn Arena
After a 15-0 start, the Tigers came back to earth a little bit losing both of their games the following week on the road to Alabama and Florida. But it was time to start a new winning streak and Frank Martin’s South Carolina Gamecocks were the next opponents for Auburn.
Auburn got off to another slow start as they had just 6 points going into the Under 12 TV Timeout. But an unlikely hero was about to emerge on this evening and have himself a career night.
Insert Devan Cambridge.
In 5 SEC games before this one, Cambridge had a combined 4 points and had only made 7 3-pointers on the season. Which made what we saw from Devan on this Wednesday evening in Auburn Arena even more incredible (and was sorely needed).
A few moments later, Isaac Okoro would force a turnover, get the ball to Samir Doughty and Devan did the rest.
I’d say something good happened here Andy Kennedy! pic.twitter.com/I8aBkkxG9M— Jaylin Williams/Simpson Fan Account (@ShootyHoopsWill) January 23, 2020
Two minutes later, Cambridge would knock down his 2nd 3 to give Auburn its first lead since it was 4-2 very early. After another Gamecocks turnover, Jamal Johnson would hit a 3 to make it 21-17 Auburn. After a free throw from South Carolina, Cambridge would connect on 2 more 3-pointers as the Tigers took a 27-18 lead and Cambridge had already established a career high in points (coming into the game it was 10).
Isaac Okoro, freshmen, finds Devan Cambridge, freshmen. And I love the bench reaction as South Carolina calls timeout. pic.twitter.com/1z5BjauFKw— Jaylin Williams/Simpson Fan Account (@ShootyHoopsWill) January 23, 2020
South Carolina would tie the game at 29 but Auburn finished the 1st half on a 10-2 run, including a buzzer beater from Okoro and led 39-31 at halftime.
Isaac Okoro, brought to you by viagra pic.twitter.com/e2GWVPOltx— Skye Underwood (@SkyeUnderwood) January 23, 2020
J’Von McCormick had a couple baskets late in the 1st half and got Auburn started in the 2nd half with a 3-pointer and the Tigers first 5 points of the 2nd half. The Tigers led by 11 early in the half but South Carolina got within a possession before Devan would hit his 5th 3 of the evening.
Auburn led 58-53 with a little over 12 minutes to go but the Tigers would go on a 14-0 run to create some separation and it was none other than Devan who would start it with a layup and follow that up with his 6th 3 of the game on the next possession to put Auburn up 10.
Samir Doughty would convert a 3-point play to extend the lead to 13 and then it was #AirDevan time.
Devan Cambridge: THROW IT DOWN!!! pic.twitter.com/JtXKk7kM5G— Jaylin Williams/Simpson Fan Account (@ShootyHoopsWill) January 23, 2020
Devan’s final bucket of the game came moments later off a great pass from Isaac Okoro.
Devan’s Final bucket of the night. He was phenomenal tonight. I look forward to seeing more of this out of him going forward. pic.twitter.com/Dasnlyz4Ie— Jaylin Williams/Simpson Fan Account (@ShootyHoopsWill) January 23, 2020
Auburn would lead by as much as 21 but South Carolina never had an answer after this point.
In just 21 minutes, Devan Cambridge was 10-14 from the field, 6-9 from 3, and scored 26 points. It was quite a performance from this freshmen but based off Bruce Pearl’s reaction postgame: Coach knew Devan had it in him.
“IT’S ABOUT DAMN TIME!!!!” pic.twitter.com/poANvYra9c— Jaylin Williams/Simpson Fan Account (@ShootyHoopsWill) January 23, 2020
J’Von McCormick had 13 points and 5 assists with Samir Doughty scoring 11 points with 5 rebounds. Okoro had 8 points and a season-high 7 assists on the evening.
But the story of this game was Devan Cambridge and if Auburn looks to have a big season, it will need more consistency from Cambridge as he takes on a much bigger role on this year’s team. He looks poised for a breakout season though.
Here are the highlights!