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Okeke to the Rescue (Auburn 78, Georgia 75)

By on February 28th, 2019 in Basketball, News 2 Comments »

Chuma Okeke is mobbed by teammates after his 3 point shot beat Georgia with time running out. USA TODAY Sports

Auburn won an important basketball game in Athens Wednesday although the Tigers made it a little scary by allowing Georgia to close a 14-point gap before Atlanta native Chuma Okeke netted a 3 pointer with 24 seconds left to beat the Dogs in their house 78–75.

Okeke has been a consistent offensive weapon lately, scoring in double digits in the last 12 games and including four double-doubles. He made plays all over the court, finishing with 13 points and leading the Tigers with six rebounds. Point guard Jared Harper said, “It was a do or die game for us, a big win, and we all have confidence in Chuma. He’s a great player.”

Coach Pearl added, “This was a great win for our program. Not since 1979 have we won four straight against Georgia … We had to overcome a lot of adversity.”

With just three games left, the win gives Auburn a little breathing room in its quest to make the NCAA field. Auburn (19–9, 8–7) returns home Saturday to take on Mississippi State (21–7, 9–6). Tipoff is set for  3:00 p.m. CT on ESPNU. 

2 Comments

  1. audad says:

    Big shot by Chuma. Reasonably good chance AU would have lost had he not hit that shot, which would have been a horrible outcome given the great first half we played. The second half was an abomination, with a 28 point half becoming fairly typical recently of how they perform and shoot on the road.

    If this team somehow doesn't make the big dance, it's not unreasonable to say Pearl will join Malzahn in having two of the most underachieving teams in the country for the 2018-2019 academic year. Both were top 10 pre-season rated, both predicted to compete for an SEC championship, and both mentioned as possible final 4 teams. Beat the Bulldogs at home Sat. and they pretty much lock themselves into a berth.

  2. GreenvilleAUfan GreenvilleAUfan says:

    This no doubt was a big win even if it was against lowly Georgia. (I love writing those words….”lowly Ga.”) it keeps hope alive but they have to continue it this week against a pretty good Miss State team.