Auburn Survives Alabama in Overtime, Improves to 22-2
AUBURN, Ala. — Austin Wiley had 18 points, a career-high 17 rebounds and five blocked shots and No. 11 Auburn beat rival Alabama 95-91 Wednesday night in the Tigers’ latest foray into overtime.
The Tigers (22-2, 9-2 Southeastern Conference) picked up their fourth overtime win of the last five games. This time they scored the first eight points of overtime and held on for redemption from an earlier 19-point loss to the Crimson Tide (13-11, 5-6).
J’Von McCormick, who hit the game-winner and three big 3-pointers in an overtime win over No. 25 LSU, made two free throws with 18 seconds left.
Along the way, Alabama rallied from big deficits in both halves with an SEC-record night of 3-point shooting.
Led by Jaden Shackelford‘s 28 points, the Tide set league marks with 22 3-pointers and 59 attempts (37.3%). The attempts were the most by a major conference team all-time according to STATS LLC.
Isaac Okoro had 19 points and nine rebounds for Auburn before being helped off the court clutching his upper right leg late in regulation. Auburn also got 18 points from Samir Doughty. Anfernee McLemore scored the game’s first eight points and finished with 13.
Alabama’s shooting onslaught kept it close until the end.
Shackelford made seven 3s and John Petty Jr. had six for 20 points.
Kira Lewis Jr. had 10 points and career-highs of 10 rebounds and 13 assists for his first triple double. He was coming off a 37-point night in an overtime win at Georgia. Lewis became the first SEC player to have a triple-double in a loss since Roy Rogers on Feb. 10, 1996 according to STATS. He also played for Alabama.
Petty, who forced overtime on a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left in regulation, and Shackelford both hit 3-pointers to make it 93-91 with 24 seconds left.
Auburn had a final chance to avoid another overtime venture, but McCormick couldn’t make a 3 over Herbert Jones at the buzzer.
Auburn scored the game’s first 16 points, but Alabama made nine first-half 3-pointers to close the gap to 44-41 at halftime. Then the Tide quickly tied it on Shackelford’s 3-pointer after the break.
Auburn eventually pushed it back to 11 points before Alabama climbed back into it again.
Alabama: Fell to 1-4 against Top 25 teams this season. Previous season-high was 17 3-pointers against Samford. Auburn: Has won seven straight games and seven of the last eight meetings with Alabama at Auburn Arena. Missed 4 of 6 free throws down the stretch in regulation.
JONES RETURNS Alabama starter Herbert Jones returned to action after missing the last three games with a fractured left wrist. Jones was scoreless but had three rebounds and a steal before fouling out at the end of overtime.
Alabama: Hosts No. 25 LSU on Saturday, two weeks after the Tigers won the first meeting 90-76.
Auburn visits Missouri on Saturday in the lone meeting.