Make it a filthy dozen for Bruce Pearl and his crew.
No. 4 Auburn fought out a big-time road victory, staving off No. 24 Alabama, 81-77, Tuesday night at Coleman Coliseum. The Tigers have won 12 consecutive since their lone setback of the season and are currently 4-0 in SEC play
Auburn received a career-high 25 points from Jabari Smith, who led four Tigers in double digits. Wendell Green Jr. had 19 on the night, while K.D. Johnson had 13. Allen Flanigan ended with 10, including four critical free throws within the last minute to seal the win for Auburn.
Alabama had five players score in double digits, paced by Jahvon Quinerly’s 14. Jaden Shackelford scored 13, and the backcourt pair helped the Tide stage a furious rally down the line before the Tigers held on for the victory. Noah Gurley ended with 11 points, while Keon Ellis and Darius Miles scored 10 each.
Below is a blow-by-blow review of Tuesday’s events.
— Dylan Cardwell with a massive block. Alabama hasn’t made a field goal in four-plus minutes. Auburn is going to escape with the victory.
— Two more from the line for Flanigan, and Auburn leads 81-77 with 19.7 seconds to go.
— Allen Flanigan makes two free throws with 58.6 seconds to play. Auburn leads 79-77.
— K.D. Johnson and Jabari Smith collide and hit the deck beneath the hoop. After a few seconds of contemplation, they both climb to their feet.
After a pair of free throws by Noah Gurley with 1:42 left, the game is knotted at 77-77. He now has an 11-point lead. With 2:04 remaining, Auburn leads 77-75 thanks to a K.D. Johnson circus shot.
Auburn’s 23rd foul of the game resulted to Jaden Shackelford’s two free throws to even the score at 75-75.
— Auburn’s scoring slump was broken by Jabari Smith’s two free throws. With a career-high 25 points, Auburn has reclaimed the lead.
73-73 | 3:44 p.m. Auburn hasn’t scored in almost four minutes and just committed another turnover on an offensive foul by Jabari Smith. Both Alabama and Auburn have hit five of their past six shots from the field, although Auburn has missed its last five from the field.
Tie the game. -. With under four minutes remaining, Alabama goes on a 14-0 run to tie the game at 73-73.
Jaden Shackelford’s third 3-pointer of the game has cut Auburn’s advantage to two points. The Tide are up 12-0 at the time of writing.
— On the opposite end, Walker Kessler commits an offensive foul. His night had come to an end. Two points and two rebounds.
— JD Davison slams Walker Kessler for a monster dunk, drawing a foul, but failing to convert the free throw. It’s a five-pointer. He has already been penalised four times.
Following back-to-back 3-pointers by Jahvon Quinerly and Jaden Shackelford, Alabama goes on a 7-0 run, cutting Auburn’s advantage in half.
the final score: Auburn 72, Alabama 59. (7:36) | Timeout: Walker Kessler gets his first block and his first points of the game with less than nine minutes to go. Corner 3-pointer sunk by Jabari Smith. With 7:52 remaining in the game, Auburn has a 14-point advantage and Smith has 23 points. During the second half, the Tigers have made five of their eight three-point attempts from beyond the arc.
— Auburn wins 68-57 against Alabama (9:10) | Alabama’s timeout: Wendell Green Jr. scores five consecutive points. It all starts with him cutting the top of the key apart and gliding to the basket for a great finish. After that, he scores a long 3-pointer. At 19 points, Green is Auburn’s leading scorer of the night.
Wendell Green Jr. assists Dylan Cardwell for his game-ending dunk, which ends the Tide’s 8-0 run.
An official review resulted to a flagrant foul call by Dylan Cardwell. With 11:09 remaining, Alabama will have two shots and the ball. There is a four-point lead in the game after Keon Ellis hits both of his free-throws.
— Auburn defeats Alabama 61-55 in a shootout (11:41) | After Alabama’s last 6-0 run, the game is just six points away at the Under-12 timeout.
Devan Cambridge was called for an over-the-back foul. It’s game time for Alabama in the final 12:22 seconds.
Once again, we have Wendell Green Jr. Auburn has a 12-point lead, and he has 14.
57 vs. 47 (14:42) | A timeout for under-16s: Wendell Green Jr.’s third 3-pointer in a row. He has 12 points, and Auburn has a 57-47 advantage with 15 minutes left in the game. Auburn had three players in double digits (Green with 12, K.D. Johnson with 11 and Jabari Smith with 20); Alabama has only one (Jahvon Quinerly, with 11). (Jahvon Quinerly, with 11).
A 3-pointer by Wendell Green Jr. Neither club has a terrific long-range shooting game. Auburn is 4 of 16 and Alabama is 4 of 17 in terms of percentage. However, the Tigers have sunk three of their previous five long range attempts.
Jabari Smith currently has a total of 20 points for the season. The Tigers have a 49-43 advantage with 17:21 remaining. There are currently four fouls on Juwan Gary’s record.
With 18:03 remaining in the game, Walker Kessler receives his third foul. Keon Ellis splits a pair of free throws to give Auburn a 45-41 lead.
had 16 points, thanks to a 3-pointer by Jabari Smith. His shot is really fluid.
A Keon Ellis 3-pointer gives Alabama a 1-0 lead at the break. His first shot of the game pulled Alabama to within two points, 40-38.
ALBANY 35, AUBURN 40 at halftime
With 13 points on eight shots and three blocks and two rebounds, Jabari Smith finished the first half with an impressive stat line. K.D. Johnson leads the Tigers with nine points, five rebounds, and three steals despite his team’s poor 3-point shooting (2-14). Alabama’s Noah Gurley has seven points. Tonight, the Tide are 3-of-14 from beyond the arc. Eight turnovers each for the two sides. Auburn has a 25-19 advantage on the glass.
Halftime: Auburn up 40-35 on Devan Cambridge’s putback.
To end the half, Auburn’s Allen Flanigan now has two fast fouls on his stat sheet. After a pair of free throws from Noah Gurley, Alabama is within three points, 36-33.
K.D. Johnson converts both free throws to give Auburn a nine-point lead, but Alabama responds with a and-one from JD Davison. —
The final score was Auburn 32, Alabama 25. (3:50) | K.D. Johnson makes a long 3-pointer from the top of the key during the Under-4 timeout. After that, he obtains a steal and is then called for a foul while trying to drive. After the timeout, he’ll take a pair of free throws. Seven points and five boards, with one steal each, for Auburn this evening.” He’s been playing at an insanely high rate of pace.
With a transition layup, JD Davison puts an end to Alabama’s scoring drought. Auburn has a 29-25 lead against Alabama.
Devan Cambridge’s alley-oop put Auburn up 29-23 at 5:47 of the first quarter. Since the break, Auburn has a 6-0 record and Alabama has failed to score in two minutes and 13 seconds.
Timeout floater from Wendell Green Jr. puts Auburn back in ahead.
It’s Auburn over Alabama by a score of 23-23. Auburn’s Jabari Smith is the main reason for the team’s early success. Four players have four points each for Alabama, which has a well-rounded attack. Seven players have points for Alabama.
Auburn’s Jabari Smith has scored five points in a row to put the Tigers up. At halftime, he had 11 of the team’s 23 points and three rebounds. Auburn leads 23-20. Smith has now scored at least ten points in each of the last 13 games.
Out of the break, Allen Flanigan sank a layup to put things even. On the opposite end, Juwan Gary nailed a tip-in after grabbing an offensive rebound. The Tide’s first goal of the game.
A total of 18 points separate Alabama and Auburn in this matchup (10:31) | At the second media break, the Tide have a 12-point lead thanks to a 3-pointer from Noah Gurley. Alabama is 2-of-5 from 3-point range, while Auburn is 1-of-8. While Auburn is only 1-of-4 from the foul line, Alabama is 6-of-6.
Auburn’s winless streak was ended by Wendell Green Jr.’s fadeaway jumper. Auburn regains the lead, 16-15, on a disputed fastbreak by Allen Flanigan.
During a 2:31-minute scoring drought, Auburn has missed seven consecutive shots and converted just two of its past ten field goal tries. Alabama has a 15-12 lead.
Wendell Green Jr. has returned to Auburn’s roster. With 13:11 remaining in the first half, the Tigers are behind the Tide, 13-12.
Prior to the under-16 break, Wendell Green Jr. was struck in the face and has been ruled out of the game.
Dylan Cardwell has a nice putback dunk after the break. Walker Kessler’s foul issue means that Auburn will need a lot of playing time from him. A three-point attempt is then blocked by Cardwell at the opposite end.
Ten points separate Auburn and Alabama in the Southeastern Conference championship game (15:40) | Auburn’s Jabari Smith leads the way with six points on 2-of-2 shooting in the 16-second break. A 3-of-5 start for Alabama, but a 0-of-2 start in 3-point attempts.
Jahvon Quinerly’s drive gives Alabama a 10-8 lead, but Jabari Smith promptly equalises with a midrange pull-up in the second quarter.
With 16:58 left, Jabari Smith makes a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to eight points, but Walker Kessler picks up his second foul. He’s been called for a foul for the second time in as many games. Dylan Cardwell is waiting for him on the bench.
To put Auburn in the lead, Allen Flanigan’s floater went in. Alabama ties the game at the free-throw line after Walker Kessler was called for a late foul on the other end.
K.D. Johnson gives Auburn an early 2-0 lead with a goal in the opening five seconds of play, but Juwan Gary scores for Alabama to square the game.
Zep Jasper, K.D. Johnson, Allen Flanigan, Jabari Smith, and Walker Kessler make up the Auburn lineup.
– Alabama roster: Jahvon Quinerly (G), Jaden Shackelford (G), Keon Ellis (F), Juwan Gary (F), Charles Bediako (C).
For the third time this season, and for the second game in a row, Auburn will be able to field its complete roster. As a result of COVID or an injury, the Tigers will not be missing any players when they face the Tide on Saturday.