NCAAB Game Recap - Auburn at South Alabama
Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:00 PM EST

Evans
67
KY
64
F
CenAR
54
Duke
105
F
N DA
66
Gonz
97
F
Mem
74
Oreg
82
F
Denv
56
UtSt
97
F
MtStM
46
Wash
56
F
Mizzu
58
Xav
63
F(OT)
Aub
70
SthAL
69
F
Pitt
71
RobM
57
F
Crei
69
Mich
79
F
PaulQ
59
Alc
111
F
(N/A)
43
Leh
80
F
Bridg
40
Radf
91
F
(N/A)
45
UMassL
88
F
W&M
80
Woff
79
F
(N/A)
67
Wagn
97
F
How
50
ND
79
F
Amer
67
GrgWas
65
F
Lamar
56
Duques
66
F
Chat
74
Troy
68
F
MD-ES
55
Longw
85
F
(N/A)
63
Hamp
95
F
NCAT
64
WCU
90
F
MsVl
81
W MI
91
F
UNH
61
StJon
74
F
StBon
65
Sien
78
F
Campbl
76
UNCW
81
F(OT)
David
58
Charl
71
F
NE
71
UMass
80
F
Hartfo
62
Maris
51
F
DelSt
74
Manh
85
F
SCSt
39
Lib
65
F
N AL
65
Ind
91
F
Citad
86
UGA
95
F
(N/A)
49
E MI
101
F
(N/A)
43
E KY
129
F
NoKY
69
CoCar
68
F
AF
69
Army
57
F
ECU
62
App
68
F
Fairf
68
HolyC
63
F(OT)
(N/A)
52
LaTec
98
F
Furm
91
ChaSo
47
F
Rice
80
NWSt
74
F
Norf
55
Miss
68
F
ChiSt
34
E IL
98
F
NOrl
64
SMU
77
F
AlSt
56
Hou
84
F
JackSt
79
Tul
88
F
Lipsco
78
TNSt
79
F
ULLa
65
TCU
98
F
NIU
52
IaSt
70
F
(N/A)
60
InWor
86
F
Valpa
89
SIU-E
76
F
(N/A)
53
WIMil
103
F
Oral
67
Tuls
74
F
CBap
54
Tex
67
F
PVAM
48
TxSt
75
F
Clev
53
MOSt
73
F
Copp
76
LoyIL
72
F
N TX
43
Ark
66
F
Minn
56
Butl
64
F
(N/A)
55
JacSt
125
F
WriSt
85
TNTec
80
F(OT)
(N/A)
38
N CO
104
F
LongB
58
Stan
86
F
(N/A)
70
UtVal
101
F
NMSt
50
UTEP
65
F
Murr
63
Tenn
82
F
Mia-FL
79
UCF
70
F
Fres
66
USD
72
F(OT)
PacOR
81
Seatt
115
F
SDSt
66
USC
84
F
WaSt
62
SCla
70
F
Pepp
94
CSNor
82
F
TexAr
73
Nev
80
F
(N/A)
52
UCIrv
98
F
UNLV
75
Cal
79
F(OT)
Okla
77
OrSt
69
F

Nov 12, 2019, 8:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

(22) Auburn (3-0)

38

32

70

South Alabama (2-1)

30

39

69

Okoro’s layup lifts No. 22 Auburn past South Alabama, 70-69
Wed Nov 13, 2019 9:11 AM

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) Coach Bruce Pearl has worked wonders as Auburn’s basketball coach, leading the Tigers to their first Final Four last season.

Now, he’s trying to do the same for the entire state of Alabama. Tuesday night at Mobile’s Mitchell Center went a long way toward accomplishing that.

Freshman Isaac Okoro made a layup with 2.9 seconds left to lift the No. 22 Tigers to a 70-69 victory over South Alabama in front of 10,068 enthusiastic fans - the most ever to see a game in the arena located about 230 miles southwest of Auburn’s campus.

“There was some good college basketball played around the country tonight, but there wasn’t a better environment any better than what was in Mobile tonight,” Pearl said.

Samir Doughty twice rebounded missed 3-pointers for the Tigers (3-0), setting up the game-winning shot. Okoro hit the shot while falling down in the lane and drew a foul. He missed the free throw, but it didn't matter.

Andre Fox hit back-to-back 3-pointers in between an Okoro basket to give South Alabama a 69-68 lead with 28 seconds left. That capped a 22-8 South Alabama run.

Okoro had 15 points, six rebounds and six assists for Auburn. Jamal Johnson scored 14 and made 4 of 5 3-pointers. Anfernee McLemore also had 14 points while Doughty had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Fox led the Jaguars (2-1) with 23 points on 9-of-17 shooting. He also had 10 rebounds. Josh Ajayi scored 15.

“We want to win these kinds of game and we want to be expected to win them,” said second-year South Alabama coach Richie Riley. “We’re not there yet, but we’re chasing it. Our guys aren’t happy with playing them close.”

BIG PICTURE

Auburn: The Tigers made 10 of 24 3-pointers, but they were just 12 of 22 from the free-throw line.

South Alabama: Trailed by 10 points with four minutes left. Fox scored 11 of the Jaguars' final 13 points. Lost by 40 to Auburn last season.

MISSING STAR

Thrae Mitchell is the preseason Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year. But because of early foul trouble he played only two minutes in the first half. He finished with five points.

EMERGING STAR

Okoro was a 5-star recruit last year. He showed it Tuesday night. “We had number 23,” Pearl said. “No. 23 is pretty good. He’s not afraid. He obviously made the big play at the end.”

UP NEXT

Auburn hosts Cal State, Northridge on Friday night.

South Alabama visits Chattanooga on Friday night.

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Leaders

Auburn PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
B. Akingbola 0 0 1 1 0 2
D. Cambridge 0 0 0 1 0 0
South Alabama PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Ayeni 0 0 1 1 1 1
A. Fox 23 0 0 10 1 0

Team Comparison

Aub SthAL
Points For 70 69
Field Goals 24/54-44% 26/59-44%
Three Pointers 10/24-42% 6/15-40%
Free Throws 12/22-55% 11/17-65%
Offensive Rebounds 11 12
Defensive Rebounds 25 26
Rebounds 39 38
Blocks 5 3
Steals 3 8
Turnovers 11 9
Personal Fouls 16 21
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Aub Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Tue Nov 12 Aub 70 @ SthAL 69 A. Wiley 2 K. Curry 4

Game Information

Stadium: Mitchell Center, Mobile, Alabama
Attendance: 1,068
Game Time: