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November 22, 2022; Cancun, QR, MX; Johni Broome (4) reacts after a dunk during the game between Auburn and Bradley at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya. Mandatory Credit: Steven Leonard/AU Athletics
November 22, 2022; Cancun, QR, MX; Johni Broome (4) reacts after a dunk during the game between Auburn and Bradley at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya. Mandatory Credit: Steven Leonard/AU Athletics

Auburn moves past Bradley, advances to Cancun Challenge Championship

The Tigers shot 56.4% from the floor and 47.1% from three-point range in-route to an 85-64 win over Bradley. 

"I thought we shot it well and most of it was in rhythm. When we ran the right offense and got good spacing we had good looks," Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl said. "It was good to see us shoot the ball in rhythm."

The Auburn Tigers (5-0) were able to topple the Bradley Braves (3-2) in the first round of the Cancun Challenge.

Auburn got off to a fast start, opening up the game with a 12-2 run. 

"It tells you that we were ready, we had a good scouting report in," Pearl said. "We had a real size advantage on the inside and I thought we did a good job of taking advantage of it and we got to the rim."

The Tigers had five players score more than 10 points. These players were Johni Broome with 14, Wendell Green JR. with 14, K.D. Johnson with 13, Allen Flanigan with 12 and Jaylin Williams with 11.

"Our bench was really good and our starters started well," Pearl said. "I thought Coach Flanigan and Coach Pruitt did a great job with the preparation."

"It was good to be back," Broome said. "My teammates put me in a position to make plays and to get off to a quick start."

Auburn performed well in a variety of areas. The Tigers were 15-20 in free throws, they out-rebounded Bradley 33-26, had eight steals to Bradley's six and five blocks to Bradley's one.

"We could have done a much better job on the offensive glass," Pearl said. "We didn't dominate there like I think we could have."

Auburn will be back in action tomorrow night against either the Northwestern Wildcats or the Liberty Flames. 

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