Auburn back in 1st after road win

Elias Hubbard
January 26, 2018

Momentum seemed to have shifted toward the home team Wednesday night at Mizzou Arena. If Martin gets this team back committed to defense and can pull more out of the two freshman bigs, there's no reason to think they can't get to 20 wins.

Barnett had 14 points in the first half. The Tigers fall to 13-7 overall and 3-4 in the SEC.

But this Auburn team is not that Auburn team. AU takes sole possession of first place in the SEC following No. 20 Florida's (14-6, 6-2 SEC) 77-72 loss to SC earlier Wednesday.

Auburn is back atop the Southeastern Conference standings by itself with its third road win in league play.

"What do we have to do to prove that we're for real?"

Auburn coach Bruce Pearl was unsure as to how Brown was feeling on Thursday.

Auburn still led on the scoreboard at the end of that 8-0 Missouri run, but the home team led almost everywhere else. "I told him before the game that I need this one to be your best game, and he delivered". Auburn vs Missouri live stream is on WatchESPN. The performance was made even better by the fact that Auburn got off to a good start in the first half - after trailing by double digits at halftime in those previous three wins, Auburn went into the break in Columbia up 41-36.

"We were locked in on defense, my goodness", Pearl said. "It was from the jump". Defensively, Auburn basketball yields 72.4 points per game against the opposing teams.

Harper led Auburn with 21 points, six assists and three steals.

Four players are averaging at least 10.8 points per game against the opposing teams, they are Brown (16.4), Mustapha Heron (15.0), Jared Harper (12.5) and Desean Murray (10.8) per game. Anfernee McLemore blocked six shots to increase his double-digit lead over the rest of the conference. AU made 23-of-26 free throws including 7-of-7 by Brown and 6-of-6 by Harper and Murray.

Missouri wasn't as effective in turning points into turnovers - 16 points from turnovers, compared to Auburn's 24. "Our kids are playing so hard and we looked really athletic tonight. I think he'll be OK". "It just wasn't one guy".

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