Auburn was able to continue their winning ways at home, as they defeated Colgate 91-62 Monday night at Auburn Arena. This was an impressive win, as the Raiders are favored by many to finish at or near the top of the Patriot League this season. There were plenty of variables that led to this Auburn victory, and there were plenty of takeaways that fans can notice from these Tigers tonight: 

Efficient scoring

Coming off their blowout win of Cal State Northridge, Auburn continued their scoring efficiency against Colgate. The Tigers shot an impressive 62.9 percent from field, including 53.3 percent from the three-point line in the first half. With this scoring barrage, Auburn was able to put up 53 points at half compared to Colgate’s measly 21. Their shooting percentage hovered around 42 percent in the second half, but they still would up shooting an exact 53 percent overall in the game. There were plenty of contributions to the Auburn offense against the Raiders, and all five starters scored in double figures. 

McCormick and Doughty: Auburn’s Dynamic Duo 

J’Von McCormick and Samir Doughty put on a spectacular show Friday in their own unique ways, and they continued their offensive showing against Colgate. Fresh off of breaking the single-game assist record with 16 dimes, McCormick found his shooting stroke, scoring 12 points in the first half. After scoring a career-high 33 points Friday, Doughty continued his lethal shooting from the field, scoring 11 points in the first half. Overall, the Auburn backcourt combined for 34 points and 10 assists in the game. Doughty ended up scoring 20 of those points, and he now has back to back 20+ point games. 

Stingy Defense

After holding Cal State Northridge to under 40 percent shooting overall and from three-point range, the Tigers continued to stifle their opponents at home. This time, Colgate was abysmal from the field in the first half, shooting under 30 percent from the field and under 10 percent from three-point range. The Raiders picked up their offense in the second half, but they still wound up finishing 40 percent from the field and 20 percent from three-point range. The Tigers also created another block party in Auburn Arena, as they amassed nine blocks against the Raiders.