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Tip-Off Countdown: #85 Auburn 82 Alabama 77


NCAA Basketball: Auburn at Alabama Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

February 4, 2017 - Tuscaloosa

Auburn’s last SEC win came in convincing fashion, a 20 point win over this same Alabama team. The rematch in Tuscaloosa was much closer and more competitive from start to finish.

Ronnie Johnson had his way against Alabama and made his presence felt when he came in off the bench. With Alabama up 14-13, Johnson would score 8 consecutive points, on a pair of 3-pointers to spark an 8-2 lead and force an Alabama timeout. Auburn would build an 11 point lead with 6 minutes to go in the half as Bryce Brown was also on point from 3 on this evening. Brown was 4-5 from 3 to account for all of his 12 points off the bench.

Alabama would close the half on a 14-5 run as the Tigers went to the locker with a 41-39 lead at Coleman Coliseum.

The big key in this game for Auburn was 3-point shooting as the Tigers went 15-27 from 3 in this one while Alabama was 8-32. With the score 45-43 Auburn with 14 minutes to go, the Tigers would rely on the 3 ball as they looked to extend their lead. Auburn scored 18 straight points on 6 made 3s, 2 from Danjel Purifoy, and 1 each from Johnson, Brown, T.J. Lang and Jared Harper who would convert a 3-point play on his 3 to give Auburn a 64-52 lead. Purifoy’s 3rd 3 of the half would give Auburn it’s biggest lead at 15 with 7:08 to go, 69-54.

Auburn led by 14 with 2:24 to go but didn’t close the game very well. Alabama got as close as 3 with 30 seconds left but 2 free throws from Mustapha Heron finally iced the game for Auburn.

The win gave Auburn its first sweep of Alabama since the 2008-2009 season. 5 players scored at least 12 points to lead the charge. Ronnie Johnson led Auburn with 15 points and was 3-6 from 3. Danjel Purifoy and Jared Harper each had 14 points, Mustapha Heron had 13 and Bryce Brown had 12.

Here are the highlights!

Tomorrow at #84, we’ll look at a high scoring affair against Mississippi State.

War Eagle!