After falling to the USC Trojans on Sunday night, Jaylin Williams and Johni Broome led Auburn to a win in Seattle.
The No. 23 Auburn Tigers (10-2) defeated the Washington Huskies (9-3) 84-61.
“That was an important game for us,” Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl said. “Obviously, losing Sunday to USC was disappointing, and it’s been a long trip. I thought the guys responded really well. I thought Steven Pearl and his team did an outstanding job on the scout. We were very prepared. We thought we had the advantage inside, and we went inside to Johni and Jaylin often."
Broome and Williams both played a monumental role in the success that Auburn had tonight. They led Auburn in both points and rebounds, each having 18 and eight respectively.
"Me and Johni Broome, that's our spot in the zone, especially in the high post," Williams said. "And coach trusted us to finish around the rim."
Tre Donaldson led the Tigers in assists with seven, but Broome was right behind him with five.
"I was able to show it (his passing skills) off a little bit tonight," Broome said. "In the zone, I was able to get to the open spots and they collapsed on me so I was able to get some dinks and dunks over to Wen, Jay-Will, and C-Mo."
Jaylin Williams sparked Auburn's 14-0 run in the first half after draining back-to-back three-pointers. Tonight was the fifth time in the last eight games that he has scored in the double figures.
“I thought Jaylin Williams was the best player on the floor,” Pearl said. “He had the matchup with (Keion) Brooks, and he was able to shut him down, he made plays, and Jaylin’s inside-out ability really shined.”
Keion Brooks led Washington in scoring with 15 points. Keyon Menifield had a team-leading three assists. Braxton Meah led the Huskies in rebounds with nine.
“It was a really good road win against a Pac-12 club, and it was everybody,” Pearl said. “Our inside guys did great, our guards did great, we made shots, we defended. Our guys should feel good about the progress we made on this trip because I thought we played better at USC, too.”
Auburn will be back in action on Wednesday, December 28th as the Tigers open up SEC play with a home contest against the Florida Gators. Tip-off is set for 6:00 p.m. CT.