Auburn Basketball: Tigers vs Winthrop Final Score and Game Recap


It wasn’t flawless, but the Auburn basketball team looked better than they have in several weeks and snapped a three-game losing streak in the process.

The Tigers moved to 4-5 this season with a 80-62 win over Winthrop in the first of five consecutive home games to close out the non-conference schedule. An announced crowd of 5,323 was on hand at Auburn Arena to witness the third home victory of the season, but the actual number of fans in attendance appeared to be much smaller.

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At one point in the first half, Bruce Pearl turned his attention to the crowd in an effort to pump them up. With many students home for the holidays, the building was far from full and the atmosphere less than intimidating for the visiting Eagles.

Nevertheless, the atmosphere helped Auburn get back in the win column.

Led by K.T. Harrell, Auburn got off to a strong start and never trailed in the game. The senior guard scored eight of the team’s first 19 points, had 11 at the half and finished with 14. The senior guard also reached a career milestone during the game, netting his 1,000th point as a collegiate player.

Cinmeon Bowers played well and grabbed his sixth double-double of the season and second in a row. The big man led everyone with 19 points and 17 rebounds. Bowers is the first Auburn basketball player since Earnest Ross in 2010-11 to record six double-doubles in a season, and we haven’t even hit conference play.

Thanks to newcomers Trayvon Reed and Alex Thompson, Bowers was also able to get a breather when he needed. Both Reed and Thompson made an impact as the 7-foot-2 freshman scored his first points of the season and grabbed eight rebounds and had two blocks in 12 minutes while the 6-foot-8 sophomore added eight points and six boards in his first appearance of the year.

Early in the first half, the Tigers built a 14-point lead, saw it shrink to three, but led 40-32 going into the locker room after Jordon Granger hit a three-pointer at the buzzer.

Granger had a nice all-around game and finished with ten points, four rebounds, two assists, an assist and a block. Antoine Mason, making his first start since the season opener, added 13 to give the Tigers four players in double figures. He also had four rebounds, two assists and a steal.

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  • Overall, it was a solid performance from the Tigers, who seem to be settling into the newfound depth on the roster. A strong stretch in the second half with an exclamation point from Thompson pushed the lead to a comfortable 70-53 margin with 3:48 left to play. A layup by Malcolm Canada with nine seconds left gave the game it’s final score and the largest lead of the night for Auburn.

    Of course, there are areas in which the team can improve.

    Despite a distinct size advantage (for the first time all season), the Tigers were out-rebounded 26-21 in the first half and 15-8 on the offensive glass in the first twenty minutes of the game. Auburn recovered to take a 49-47 edge on the boards, but the Eagles still led 21-15 on the offensive side. Also, Auburn shot just 55.9% from the free throw line (19-for-34).

    Still, it was a comfortable win when any win would do.

    The Tigers will be back in action Saturday evening at home against Xavier.

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