As a wise man once said, “when you’re hot, you’re hot, when you’re not, you’re not.”
Jaylin Williams and the Auburn Tigers (14-3 SEC: 4-1) certainty were hot beating the Mississippi State Bulldogs (12-5 SEC: 1-4) 69-63. Extending the Tigers win streak to three and sending 9,121 fans home happy.
Williams turned in an all-star night for the Tigers with a stat line of 21 points, seven rebounds, and two assists. Williams' point total would not only be the leader of the Tiger squad but also a season high in points and threes made going 5-7 from beyond the arc.
"Everyone will point to the 3s, but that was the hardest I've seen him play," said Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl.
Williams was supplemented with another great game from Wendell Green Jr who finished with 17 points, and three assists.
"I'm experienced. Coach trusts me out there,” said Wendell Green Jr about his game. “My guys expect me to take care of the ball at the end of the game and make my free throws."
Auburn might have got more production from Williams but he fouled out with two minutes and 37 seconds left. Auburn would have a total of 22 personal fouls, after what was a particularly weird night from the officials.
Neither team shot free throws in the first half of the ball game, and ended with a total of 31 free throws being attempted. Auburn would also only have five free throws going into the last three minutes of the game.
Lior Berman would come into the game to finish for Williams, putting in valuable minutes, and ending with three points and a plus minus of +3.
"He's out here at the end of the game, so that shows you my confidence in him," said coach Pearl about Berman’s minutes.
Ultimately one of the most important factors of a game in Neville Arena is the one and only Jungle.
The Auburn students were lined up for what looked like miles outside Neville Arena serval hours before the doors opened. Some will point to the famous throwback game bucket hat that the student received, but either way Auburn Athletics will always pack the Jungle.
While the students were waiting for the gates to open, we here at WEGL 91.1fm decided to team up with our friends at the jungle to provide some music to the fans who were waiting for the doors to open, and next time your at a game look towards the Village dinning you may just see us and while your waiting request a song.
Auburn will be looking to continue the hot streak on the road against LSU on January 18th and South Carolina on January 21st.