NCAAB Game Recap - Furman at Auburn
Thu Dec 5, 2019 9:00 PM EST

Furm
78
Aub
81
F(OT)
Elon
66
HiPt
70
F(OT)
How
94
Hamp
91
F(OT)
StFNY
84
Hartfo
78
F
CenAR
69
WichSt
95
F
Okla
82
N TX
80
F
LaTec
74
MisSt
67
F
SEMO
64
AbCh
73
F
NIU
49
StMar
61
F
SDSt
70
MTSt
77
F

Auburn 81, Furman 78

Dec 5, 2019, 9:00 PM EST

Final (OT)

1

2

OT

T

Furman (7-3)

39

27

12

78

(14) Auburn (8-0)

31

35

15

81

No. 14 Auburn rallies to beat Furman 81-78
Fri Dec 6, 2019 12:34 AM

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Bruce Pearl's message to his team was that No. 14 Auburn had been outcoached and outplayed, and that it does happen sometimes.

The Tigers nonetheless survived for an 81-78 overtime victory over Furman on Thursday night with smothering second-half defense.

Christian Okoro scored a season-high 18 points, including two free throws with 1.6 seconds left in overtime to help the Tigers (8-0) complete a rally from a 14-point second-half deficit, easily their largest of the season.

Samir Doughty scored on a drive with 15 seconds left but Mike Bothwell drilled a 3-pointer for Furman (7-3), which quickly fouled Okoro.

The freshman made both foul shots and Bothwell missed a final heave from before half-court.

Austin Wiley scored five points in overtime, finishing with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Wiley just claimed Southeastern Conference player of the week and Legends Classic MVP honors.

Okoro also had nine rebounds.

Auburn won despite a cold-shooting night from Doughty, who scored 13 points but missed all seven 3-point attempts. The Tigers were 4-of-25 in 3-point shooting.

Noah Gurley led Furman with 21 points and eight rebounds before fouling out with 2:31 left in overtime, when Wiley made a basket and free throw. Clay Mounce added 14 points before also fouling out.

The Tigers tied it 66-66 on two straight layups by J'Von McCormick's over the final 1:05 of regulation. The second came with 14 seconds left and then Bothwell lost control of the ball on the other end with 5 seconds left.

McCormick missed reverse layup attempt at the buzzer after he juked a defender off his feet, sending the game to overtime.

BIG PICTURE

Furman: Finished a four-game road swing with a near-upset. The Paladins started a 20-2 run late in the first half, opening up a 46-32 lead with 16 minutes left.

.Auburn: Trailed at the half for only the second time this season and its previous largest deficit was six points in the last game against Richmond. Had an eight-minute drought without a field goal.

PUGH'S SPARK Jaylon Pugh came in with 19 points in the first six games, all off the bench. He scored all 11 of his points by halftime, including back to back 3-pointers in a 28-second span during Furman's closing run. Those two 3s matched his season-high coming into the game, six points.

TECHNICAL

Auburn coach Bruce Pearl drew a second-half technical arguing that Anfernee McLemore was fouled on a rebound.

UP NEXT

Furman: Hosts USC Upstate on Sunday.

Auburn: Faces Saint Louis in Birmingham, Alabama, on Dec. 14.

Leaders

Furman PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Slawson 0 0 2 1 0 0
N. Gurley 21 0 1 8 2 0
Auburn PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
I. Okoro 18 0 3 9 0 1
A. Wiley 13 0 2 12 2 2

Team Comparison

Furm Aub
Points For 78 81
Field Goals 28/61-46% 29/62-47%
Three Pointers 13/31-42% 4/25-16%
Free Throws 9/13-69% 19/29-66%
Offensive Rebounds 4 15
Defensive Rebounds 21 30
Rebounds 26 51
Blocks 1 6
Steals 11 6
Turnovers 15 19
Personal Fouls 27 14
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

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

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Thu Dec 5 Furm 78 @ Aub 81 T. Clark 1 D. Cambridge 2

Game Information

Stadium: Auburn Arena, Auburn, Alabama
Attendance: 8,226
Game Time: