K.D. Johnson ended up being Auburn’s leading scorer tonight with 17 points. Walker Kessler led the team in rebounds with 12, followed closely by Jabari Smith with 10.
This was due to a combination of Alabama’s Khyla Wade-Warren with 24 points, eight rebounds and three assists, and a lack of production in the second half, because of a “lot of kids playing a lot of minutes” according to Auburn Head coach Johnie Harris.
The night before the game, people had begun living in tents in order to secure a seat for this blockbuster matchup, creating the nickname “Jungle City”. The inhabitants of Jungle City were treated to an Auburn win thanks to a first-pick caliber performance by Jabari Smith, and dominance from Walker Kessler with 17 points.
“It’s what won the Alabama game and it's what won the game tonight, our second half defense,” Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl said.
Jabari Smith led the way with 25 points and Auburn wins its 12th straight game.
Auburn was outrebounded 50-35 , and the Tigers did not hit a three-pointer until there was less than two minutes to go in the game, going 1-13 from downtown.
Although it was not a perfect game for the Tigers they were still able to get it done thanks to a raucous Auburn crowd, and a combination of K.D Johnson’s 23 points and Walker Kessler’s eight rebounds.
For Auburn, this is the second straight SEC loss on the road. The Tigers return home on Sunday, Jan. 9 for a big matchup against No. 13 LSU.
In the SEC opener, Alabama would hold on to win 56-53.
The Auburn Tigers (9-1) came into Auburn Arena on the back of a five-game win streak with their most recent win coming against The Nebraska Cornhuskers, on Saturday December 11th in neutral Atlanta Georgia, ending 99-68.
Jabari Smith led the scoring for Auburn today with 21 points, Wendell Green Jr. followed closely behind with 19. Walker Kessler was Auburn’s leading rebounder with seven.
The Tigers outscored the Cowgirls 44-28 in the paint, which turned out to be the difference in the game.
K.D. Johnson led the way with 19 points and Jabari Smith finished with 17. Auburn is in action next Saturday at 11:30 a.m. EST/10:30 a.m. CST against Nebraska in Holiday Hoopsgiving at State Farm Arena in Atlanta.
The No. 21 Auburn Tigers basketball team defeated the University of Central Florida Knights Wednesday evening inside Auburn Arena 85-68. After losing against the Knights a year ago on the road, the Tigers successfully defended their home floor. Auburn used a strong second half to pull away, outscoring the Knights by 14.
The Auburn Tigers (4-3) played its last game of November, hosting the University of North Florida Ospreys (5-3) in a thrilling matchup in which both teams went shot for shot.
It was senior day for Auburn Volleyball but the No. 8 Kentucky Wildcats were too much for the Tigers, winning their fifth straight match in straight sets 3-0.