Auburn Basketball: Tigers vs Clemson Final Score and Game Recap


The Auburn basketball team started strong, but dropped their third straight game and fourth out of five, 72-61 on the road against the Clemson Tigers. The loss gives Auburn a 3-5 record this season.

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A 10-0 run by Clemson erased an early 14-12 Auburn lead, and put the Tigers in a big hole that they were unable to climb out of the rest of the afternoon. Despite a late first half rally, Clemson took a 29-23 lead into the locker room at halftime.

However, Auburn never gave up and put together a few strong runs in the game. Unfortunately for Auburn basketball fans, they could never break through.

There were bright spots, though.

Cinmeon Bowers looked more like the player he was in the first four games of the season than he has in the past three, which is a very good sign moving forward. The junior had seven points and nine rebounds in the first half and finished with 17 and 14, respectively, both of which led the team. The performance gave Bowers his fifth double-double this season after beginning his Auburn career with four straight.

One reason for Bowers’ return to form was likely the rest he received over the last week. The Tigers were playing for the first time in nine days. Another could be the addition of Trayvon Reed, who checked in for a couple of minutes in the first half and played a long stretch in the second.

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  • Reed has practiced only once since joining the team this week, but he is sure to help relieve the pressure put on Bowers in the post and is a big boost to depth. He had just one block and picked up four fouls, but also showed flashes of the ability that made him a top 100 recruit.

    Auburn also benefitted from the return of Antoine Mason, who hadn’t played since injuring his ankle in the season opener, and will have yet another hand on deck when Alex Thompson is eligible to play Wednesday.

    Mason scored 14 points off the bench with two rebounds, a steal and an assist. The senior had to shake off the rust early and had three air balls in the first half, but provided great energy and proved a threat driving to the basket. Fellow senior guard K.T. Harrell had 16 points, three rebounds, an assist and a steal.

    Overall, Auburn struggled shooting from the floor, hitting 21 of 54 (38.9%) shots and were 7-for-24 (29.2%) from beyond the arc. Clemson out rebounded Auburn 38-30.

    Auburn will be back in action Wednesday against Winthrop at Auburn Arena. It will be the first of five straight games at home to end the non-conference slate.

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