November 29, 2017 - Dayton, Ohio
One of the things I love about Bruce Pearl is he’s not afraid to play these kind of games. There are very few schools in the Power 5 conferences that would schedule a game at UD Arena against the Dayton Flyers.
Jared Harper set the tone early knocking down back to back 3-pointers to start the game. Dayton would respond with a 15-5 run and that’s when the Auburn bench made their presence felt.
Chuma Okeke and Anfernee McLemore each had major 1st half contributions. Okeke knocked down a trio of 3-pointers over a 4 minute stretch as Auburn built a 28-19 lead with 6 minutes left in the 1st half. He finished the 1st half with 13 points and 6 rebounds.
Anfernee McLemore scored 8 in the 1st half, including the last 6 Auburn points of the half, and had 6 rebounds. His putback dunk with 3 seconds to go gave Auburn a 35-24 halftime lead.
After Mustapha Heron scored just 2 in the 1st half, Heron more than made up for that in the 2nd half. Heron scored 19 of his game-high 21 points in the second 20 minutes. Auburn extended their lead to 16 at 60-44 with about 9 minutes to go. Auburn struggled to score down the stretch, but got a trio of buckets from Heron every time Dayton attempted to go on a run. Dayton could get no closer than 8 as Auburn pulled out a really good 13 point win.
As I mentioned earlier, Heron had 21 points and 7 rebounds to lead Auburn. Chuma Okeke scored 15 points and had 8 rebounds.
Anfernee McLemore had 12 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks as he began to earn more playing time at the 5 spot. Jared Harper and Bryce Brown each scored 11 points.
Here are the highlights!
Tomorrow at #76, we look at another game where the Tigers took down an Atlantic 10 opponent.