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Tigers Return Home Against Furman

By on December 5th, 2019 in Basketball 99 Comments »

Samir Doughty continues to be the points leader for the Auburn Tigers (photo: Auburn media file)

Bruce Pearl’s Tigers took home some hardware last week when they routed the Richmond Spiders at the Legends Classic. It may not have been as prestigious a tournament as the Maui Invitational, but it was important for the young Tigers to go on the road and win back-to-back games. Auburn trailed 37–38 at halftime but ended up pulling away, ending the game 79–65 after emptying the bench with two minutes on the clock. 

Samir Doughty scored 22 points as he continues to dominate for the Tigers. He has scored at least 19 points in his last four games and is averaging 19 points per game on the season. He is doing it many ways, but his 45 percent from beyond the arc and the 70-percent mark from the charity stripe are helping No. 10 lead the Tigers.

Austin Wiley’s performance can’t be overlooked as he kicked in 18 points and 8 rebounds in a terrific game in the paint. Wiley was nearly perfect on the night, hitting six-of-seven shots from the floor and another six points from the line. However, his 6–11 mark on free throws needs to be improved upon as Richmond tried their best Hack-A-Shaq impression against the Auburn big man. 

Free throws have been a bit of a bugaboo for Pearl’s squad so far this season. The Tigers had their best night from the line, going 22–31 which was easily the difference in the game. That didn’t seem to matter to Danjel Purifoy, who hit six-of-seven charity shots on his way to a 13-point effort, his fifth game in double-digit scoring. He finished one rebound shy of a double-double. Purifoy and freshman Isaac Okoro continue to be the X-factors for the Tigers. While Doughty’s scoring and Austin Wiley’s presence garner much of the attention, it’s Okoro and Purifoy that other teams cannot match up against. Okoro had his least productive game against Richmond, yet he was still a force as he was dunking on one end of the floor and blocking shots on the other. 

Okoro is stepping right in to the hole left by Chuma Okeke, the first-rounder to Orlando, and Purifoy is showing why he was once one of the best recruits in the country. 

Auburn’s bench players didn’t have as productive of a game against the Spiders as they might have liked, scoring just ten points. Yet, with the starters performing as well as they did, cutting down on the turnovers and pulling down 18 offensive rebounds, they didn’t need to. Auburn turned the ball over 13 times to Richmond’s ten, and the rebounds showed Auburn to have a sizable advantage as it out rebounded Richmond 44–34. In the end, Auburn didn’t shoot it well from the field and didn’t play the type game they’d like; they simply were that much better than Richmond. 

On Thursday, the Tigers welcome Furman to Auburn Arena. ESPN’s Matchup Predictor gives Auburn an 81-percent chance to win. Furman is coming off a 65–55 loss to UCF, which followed a three-game winning streak that began after a loss to Alabama. Alabama beat Furman 81–73 on November 19. The Paladins are averaging 78 points per contest, but those numbers were skewed by runaway wins against Elon and CIU. The Tigers are averaging 85 points per game with a 70-point game being the low water mark, which came in a tough road environment against South Alabama in Mobile.  

The Paladins are getting 15 points per game from their guard, Jordan Lyons. Although Lyons scored 33 in a loss to Alabama, he was held to just four points in their loss to UCF. He did a ton of damage from the line as he went 13–13 from the line against the Tide. Lyons is a volume shooter with a 91-percent free-throw average. As long as Auburn can contest his barrage of three-point attempts without fouling, the Tigers will run away with this game. 

To do that, Auburn will try and force point guard Alex Hunter to look elsewhere with his passes or force Hunter to shoot. 

Auburn holds a sizable advantage on the glass. Expect the Tigers to take care of business in a big way. 

99 Comments

  1. What time is the game and is it on TV?

  2. KungFuPanda9 KungFuPanda9 says:

    SEC Network 9pm Eastern

  3. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Might be a good day for an afternoon nap, with that late of a tip!

  4. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Also, the Auburn Network radio broadcast seems to be on 94.5 FM in the Tragic City, this evening. The SECN broadcast is still working on Alabama women vs. Iowa State, but there are only a few seconds left in that one, and it looks like Bama is going down once again.

  5. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Bama has gone final, losing to Iowa State 75-66. Auburn should be on tap soon. Meanwhile, I have Auburn Network radio in my cans. Andy and Sonny Smith! I plan to enjoy this one, tonight!

  6. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Big crowd for this game, despite high school playoffs next door at Jordan-Hare. Can’t believe the support the basketball games get, these days!

  7. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Wiley controls the tip! To Doughty. Game is on!

  8. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Wow. A finger roll goes in at the shot clock buzzer, and Furman leads 2-0. Okoro goes out of bounds baseline.

  9. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Doughty with the steal! Shot clock winding down for Auburn, Purifoy misses a three.

  10. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Another steal by Auburn, both teams really cold starting off. 2-0 Furman leads Auburn , with 16:50 left in the first period. Purifoy gets an offensive foul.

  11. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Steal! McCormick with the jam, ties the game!

  12. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Another Auburn break-away, kicked out, and and a missed three for Auburn.

  13. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Purifoy with the putback, Auburn takes a 4-2 lead. Blocking foul called on Purifoy.

  14. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….8-4 Auburn, closing in on 14 minutes.

  15. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Turnover Auburn, and Furman bags a three. 8-7 Auburn.

  16. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Okoro will shoot two, after being fouled on a dribble-drive. Both free throws are good, and Auburn leads Furman, 10-7.

  17. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Tight defensive game. Auburn throws it out of bounds, leading 12-9. A more tense game than we had expected.

  18. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Furman hits the three, and a tie game at 12.

  19. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Purifoy misses a three with a foul called on Furman underneath. Not sure about that call. No Auburn player was in the paint.

  20. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Okoro with the putback, Auburn retakes the lead!

  21. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Hunter bags another 3. Furman leads 15-14.

  22. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..A turnaround, Furman and Auburn are tied 17-17. A foul on Gurley of Furman.

  23. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Flannigan with the jumper, Auburn retakes the lead!

  24. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Austin Wiley fouled shooting. Will go to the line. Misses the first. Wiley bags the second, and Furman attacks.

  25. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Steal Wiley, McCormick on the drive, good!!! and fouled!

  26. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Wiley goes to the line leading 22-17, and Auburn now leads, 23-17!

  27. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..23-19 Auburn, and a couple of turnovers. Reach-in foul on McCormick.

  28. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    :….We have left in the first half, and Furman will have it. With Auburn leading -23-19.

  29. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Furman inbounds. Another three for Furman. Wow.

  30. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….McCormick on the dribble-drive, fouled.

  31. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….McCormick misses the first. Second… missed again, Flanigan rebounds, and puts it in!

  32. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..3 point Auburn lead. Doughty with the rebound, and Okoru is mugged underneath, foul.

  33. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Okoro misses the first. Ick. Hits the second. Auburn 26-22 in the first, 6:16 left in the first half.

  34. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Goaltending on McLemoree. Auburn lead is cut to 26-24.

  35. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Auburn travels? Not sure on that one…

  36. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Missed jumper, Flannigan on the drive, scores! and Fouled!

  37. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Flannigan on the miss, on the FT Wow. and a foul on the rebound. Ouch. Tigers lead 28-24, with about 5 minutes left in the first half.

  38. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Lyons hits from the foul line late. Auburn running the clock. Several missed shots, offensive rebounds, and Wiley finally scores!

  39. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Gurley on the jumper, good. 30-28, Tigers.

  40. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Pugh, bags a 3. Furman leads, 31-30.

  41. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …Pugh threes again, and Furman is up 34-30. Timeout Auburn, with 2:41 left in the first half. Auburn has been badly outshot, in the first half.

  42. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Missed ridiculously long three, and Furman has it again.

  43. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Rebound Auburn. Purifory drives, and is fouled. Can anyone on the Auburn roster hit a free throw?

  44. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Puifuoy misses again. Second… makes. 34-31 Auburn.

  45. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..A wide open three, good. Ugh.

  46. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Steal by mounts. Ick.

  47. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Furman leads, 37-31, and will shoot two.

  48. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….No, an inbounds. Pugh hits from 18 feet, and Furman lead by 8.

  49. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….And at the half, Furman leads Auburn, 39-31. Wow. A pretty inept performance down the stretch in the first. The worst thing is missed free throws. Auburn can hit all sorts of threes and off-balance jumpers. Can’t toss a free throw in more than half the time!

  50. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Late update. Furman leads 58-53, with 6:29 left, and Auburn turns it over.

  51. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …Gurley with a three, and the lead mounts.

  52. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Purifoy bags a 3! 61-56 Furman…

  53. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Moving screen called in Gurley, and that is his 4th.

  54. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..McLemore under the goal, layup!

  55. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Blocked shot Purifory, the other way,and a miss by Mclemore.

  56. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Gurley on the drive, and McLemore fouls out. Gurley scores, and fouled. Furman leads, 63-58, with under 4 minutes.

  57. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….3:39 left. Gurley will shoot one from the line. Missed! Auburn runs it down.

  58. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Wiley with the jump hook, good! 63-60 furman.

  59. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Bogus call, and no contact, but Furman misses the first! Mounts hits the second. 64-60 Furman, 3:04 left.

  60. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ……Weird series. Purifoy inbounds. And a bad walk call on Auburn! Who is this ref? How much was he paid?

  61. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….1:50 left. Furman leads Auburn, 64-62. Gotta play defense.

  62. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Nice ball movement, missed! Here comes Auburn.

  63. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….McCormic on the drive, pulls up, scores! Tie game, with 55 seconds left!

  64. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Light lineup for Furman. Here we go.

  65. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Boswell drives, and Auburn gives up a layup.

  66. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …McCormick drives, and will lay it in, tie game!

  67. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….A travel on Furman on the other end, 5 seconds left, tied at 66!

  68. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Furman calls their last timeout.

  69. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..McCormick reverse layup, noooo! Overtimee. Tied 66-66.

  70. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..OT! 5 minutes. Tap, controlled by AUburn.

  71. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Okoro lays it in, Auburn leads!

  72. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Gurley from 35, scores a three.

  73. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Furman rebounds, moving the ball.

  74. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….4 on the shot clock for Furman, no chance.

  75. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Wiley on the putback, and Gurley fouls out! Nice. That guy has been killing AUburn all night! TIgers lead, 70-69, and Wiley will shoot. Gooooood!

  76. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Reject Wiley, outlet, and Okoro fouled, and will shoot 2!! 71-69 Tigers. Okoro hits both!!!!

  77. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..73-69 Auburn, in OT. 2:50 left.

  78. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Purifoy with the reverse layup!!!! Tigers up 75-69!

  79. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..We have 2:31 left in overtime, but Furman is minus their best outside shooter. Can the Tigers hold on?

  80. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Three, nooo! Wiley rebounds.

  81. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Wiley gets his pocket picked, then fouls . OUch.

  82. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Tre Clark misses the first! And the second… got. 75-70 Tigers.

  83. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Okoro with a bomb, no.

  84. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Mounds bags a 3 for Furman. Uh-oh.

  85. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….A stoppage, with 1:17 left in Overtime. Auburn leads, 75-73. Furman might have called a timeout.

  86. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Did. Missed 3 by Purifoy, Wiley is fouled on the rebound, and Mounts fouls out!

  87. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Wiley will shoot 2.

  88. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Nailed the first! Second… gooodddd, rolled it in!

  89. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….77-73 Auburn, with 57 seconds left in OT>

  90. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Porter lays it in. Ouch.

  91. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Doughty, lays it in baseline!

  92. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….On defense, Auburn bats it out of bounds! 79-75 Auburn leading with 12 seconds left in OT.

  93. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Auburn has the ball? Nuts. They missed that call, but we’ll take it. Inbound, and Doughty is fouled.

  94. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Doughty missed both. Ouch.

  95. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Hunter hits the three, and wow.

  96. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Okoro is fouled and hits the first. Second… hits! Auburn by three!

  97. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Boswell with a desperation long-ball, noooo! Auburn wins, 81-78!

  98. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….TIgers go to 8-0! Lotta trouble with Furman, but Auburn wins anyway! With better free-throw shooting, this one would not have even have been close.

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