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Tip-Off Countdown: #79 Auburn 89 Hofstra 78

Auburn finished the Charleston Classic with a 2-1 record, claiming 3rd in the tournament.

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November 19, 2017 - Charleston, South Carolina

After a tough loss to Temple, the Tigers were able to bounce back with a win over Hofstra to close their 3 games in the Charleston Classic.

Jared Harper hit a trio of 3-pointers in a high scoring 1st half for both teams. Auburn was 7-15 from 3 and shot 57% from the field in the 1st half and trailed 50-49 at half. That’s because Hofstra was 9-16 from 3-point range and shot 64% from the field in the 1st half.

Auburn’s defense turned it up a few notches in the 2nd half, holding the Pride to 28 2nd half points. They also benefitted from starting the 2nd half on an 18-0 run.

Hofstra went about 7 12 minutes into the 2nd half before finally scoring, committing 5 turnovers in the process. In the 18-0 run, Mustapha Heron and Desean Murray scored the half’s first 10 points, which were followed by 3s from Davion Mitchell and Bryce Brown. Heron’s bucket with 13:07 to go capped off the 18-0 surge with Auburn leading 67-50.

Hofstra could cut the lead to 7 on multiple occasions but could never get any closer.

Mustapha Heron led Auburn with 22 points, Bryce Brown scored 17, Jared Harper had 13 and Desean Murray scored 12 points.

Here are the highlights!

Tomorrow at #78, we recap a special night at Auburn Arena, which was part of another special weekend on the Plains.

War Eagle!