Tide Latest Victim of Hot Auburn Tigers – (with video highlights)
Cinemon Bowers seems to be back to form as he had his eight double-double against Alabama. (photo: USA TODAY Sports)
Despite injuries to key players Bruce Pearl has the Auburn Tigers playing fast and physical ball. Just three days after beating Kentucky for the first time in 16 years, the Tigers defeated arch rival Alabama 83-77 before a sold out crowd in the Auburn Arena Tuesday night.
Just like last Saturday, Auburn fans provided a wild and noisy atmosphere to help their Tigers win a close one against their in-state rival. It was Bruce Pearl‘s first victory over the Tide as the Auburn skipper.
And it was a see-saw battle that saw Auburn (9 – 8, 3 – 3 SEC) come from 10-points down to lead 40-37 at halftime. The physicality of the game was evidenced by the fact there were 68 free throws. The Tigers were 28 of 40 from the line and Bama (10 – 7, 1 – 4 SEC) was 19 of 28. Three Tide players fouled out and one Tiger (Tyler Harris). The battle of the boards further showed just how close the contest was with the Tigers edging Bama 42-38.
Kareem Canty and Cinmeon Bowers led the way again with Canty tossing in 25 points, including two free throws to seal the win with 22 seconds to go in the game. Bowers had his eighth double-double, scoring 20 points and pulling down 17 rebounds.
After being kept out of the starting line up for seven games for lack of production, Bowers appears to be back to form.
“He has been really locked in, he’s been really focused. He understood why he got out of the starting lineup,” said Pearl. “And he understood why he’s back in it. He was just a man, inside and out. He played terrifically tonight.”
Auburn looks to stay hot in a road game Saturday night against Florida.