AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Wendell Green Jr. scored 20 factors and Allen Flanigan added 18 to assist No. 15 Auburn overcome a chilly offensive first half in a 67-59 wn over South Florida on Friday night time.
Auburn trailed by as many as 9 factors early within the second half earlier than storming again to take the lead on a 12-2 run that was keyed by back-to-back baskets from Flanigan.
All however two of Green’s factors got here after halftime. After capturing 25% from the sector and 14% from behind the arc within the first half, Auburn hit 53.6% of its pictures within the second half.
The comeback victory was the Tigers’ fortieth consecutive house non-conference win inside Neville Arena. Auburn (2-0) is now 50-3 in such video games below head coach Bruce Pearl.
South Florida (0-2) was led in scoring by Selton Miguel’s 13 factors. Keyshawn Bryant and Jamir Chaplin each scored 10 factors, whereas Sam Hines Jr. added 9 factors and 10 rebounds.
South Florida: Despite the loss, Friday was an impressed response from the Bulls, who misplaced to Southeast Missouri State at house on the opening night time of the season. South Florida has constantly been a robust defensive staff below head coach Brian Gregory, however enchancment in scoring and rebounding in opposition to a ranked staff might be encouraging.
Auburn: The Tigers’ protection has been robust to start out the season, however their offense wants main enchancment. Auburn has struggled to discover a constant offensive rhythm after the departure of nationwide Freshman of the Year award winner and No. 3 general NBA Draft choose Jabari Smith.
South Florida returns house to face Stetson on Monday night time.
Auburn hosts Winthrop on Tuesday, the third of 4 consecutive house video games to start out the season.
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