Tiger’s Hot Shooting Buries Mississippi State Comeback
It wasn’t pretty at the end, but Auburn forced the door closed for Mississippi State as they fought late for a close home victory 80 to 75. Big shots from the Bulldogs and sloppy offense from Auburn near the end of the game cut their 19 point lead to 4. But Auburn’s earlier hot shooting and timely shots in the last minute kept the Tigers afloat.
The Tigers hit 13 3-pointers at a 43% clip (50% in the 2nd half) with sharpshooter Bryce Brown accounting for 5 of them, which included his 335th 3-point shot to move past former Ole Miss player Chris Warren to gain sole ownership of 5th place all time in the SEC. The next milestone on that board is former Tennessee great and NBA All Star Allen Houston who has 346 made 3-pointers, depending on how the end of the season goes for Brown he could pass him for 4th place. Bryce’s clutch shot with about a minute left in the game was probably his most important since it put Auburn up 7 late and as he put it “It sunk all the energy out of them and just lifted us up as a team”.
Right beside Bryce was Anfernee McLemore who shot 4 of 6 from beyond the arc as he continues to show improved confidence in his jumper, stating that “I think I’ve carved out a niche” as a stretch 5. This improvement from McLemore has been big in the last few games as his ability to stretch the floor keeps the opposing defenses on their toes and allowing Auburn to do work inside. McLemore’s early shooting has been a good indicator of Auburn’s offense as he hit the first 3 point shots in the last 2 home games in which Auburn had offensive explosions.
The Tigers will be looking for this confident shooting to carry on as they look to finish out the season strong at Alabama on Tuesday and when they get Tennessee at home next Saturday.