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Tip-Off Countdown: #99 Auburn 83 North Florida 66

The beginning of the Jared Harper Era began with an opening night victory over North Florida!

NCAA Basketball: North Florida at Auburn John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

November 11, 2016 - Auburn Arena

Expectations for this Auburn team were a little higher and with the freshmen class assembled, it brought some excitement for the new season. This would be serve as the Auburn debut for Jared Harper, Mustapha Heron, Danjel Purifoy and Anfernee McLemore along with grad transfers Ronnie Johnson and LaRon Smith. 3 of the Tigers starters for opening night were freshmen (Harper, Heron and Purifoy).

Bryce Brown would get his sophomore season off to a good start leading the Tigers with 19 points including 5 made 3-pointers. Each of the starting freshmen scored in double figures in their debuts with Purifoy scoring 14 while Heron & Harper each added 10 points.

Auburn hit 10 1st half 3-pointers on their way to a 49-30 halftime lead. The Tigers forced 28 Osprey turnovers and led by as many as 30 in this contest.

Auburn would finish the game 13-32 from 3-point range.

Looking back on this game was a good reminder of what Auburn’s starting lineup will somewhat look like, full of freshmen and sophomores looking to forge their own paths as Auburn Tigers.

Here are the game highlights!

Tomorrow, we’ll look back at Auburn’s 2016 win over Georgia State!

War Eagle!