GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Auburn 74, Saint Louis 70

(AP Photo/Arnold J. Ward)

By DAVID SOLOMON
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS - Walter Kessler scored 19 points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked four shots, and Wendell Green Jr. and Jabari Smith each scored 13 points to help No. 13 Auburn overcome a 13-point deficit to beat Saint Louis 74-70.

K.D. Johnson hit a jump shot with nine seconds remaining to put Auburn (10-1) up 72-70, and Billikens forward Frances Okoro missed a pair of free throws with two seconds left.

Terrence Hargrove Jr. led Saint Louis (8-4) with 17 points and Yuri Collins added 13 points, a career(equals)high 12 rebounds and eight assists.

Saint Louis was up 60-47 with 9:13 remaining due to a 9-0 run during which Auburn coach Bruce Pearl being called for a technical foul. Auburn countered by outscoring Saint Louis 27-10 for the remainder of the contest for its seventh straight win.

Lior Berman hit a 3 with 2:14 remaining to give Auburn its first lead since 13:26 remaining in the first half.

Auburn held a 35-27 halftime lead after outscoring Saint Louis 26-13 over the final 10:42 of the first half. The Billikens didn't score in the final 4:04. Saint Louis answered with a 9-0 run of its own in the first 4:08 of the second half.


Auburn
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
W. Kessler F 30 8-12 3-4 0-2 1-9 1 4 1 2 3 19
J. Smith F 29 5-11 0-0 3-5 0-4 0 0 2 2 2 13
K. Johnson G 29 3-10 4-8 1-4 0-0 3 0 2 3 1 11
D. Cambridge G 20 0-2 0-0 0-1 1-2 1 0 1 2 3 0
Z. Jasper G 20 2-4 0-0 1-3 1-1 1 0 0 0 2 5
W. Green Jr.   27 5-12 2-2 3-6 0-0 8 0 1 2 0 15
L. Berman   16 2-2 0-1 1-1 1-1 0 0 0 0 4 5
J. Williams   11 2-5 0-0 0-1 0-1 0 0 0 0 1 4
D. Cardwell   10 1-2 0-0 0-0 1-3 1 2 0 0 2 2
C. Moore   7 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0
Totals   199 28-60
(.467)
9-15
(.600)
9-23
(.391)
8-27 16 6 8 11 20 74


Saint Louis
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
T. Hargrove Jr. F 35 7-13 2-2 1-5 3-7 0 1 3 1 2 17
M. Linssen F 13 2-7 2-2 0-0 2-3 0 0 0 0 1 6
Y. Collins G 38 6-11 0-2 1-2 1-12 8 0 3 6 5 13
J. Nesbitt G 37 3-13 4-6 1-6 2-6 1 1 2 3 2 11
G. Jimerson G 36 2-6 6-6 1-4 0-2 2 0 0 0 1 11
F. Okoro   27 5-9 2-6 0-0 6-8 0 1 0 0 2 12
F. Thatch Jr.   8 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 2 1 0
D. Jones   4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 1 0 0
L. Traore   1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Totals   199 25-60
(.417)
16-24
(.667)
4-17
(.235)
19-46 12 3 8 17 14 70
Officials: Ron Groover, Joe Lindsay, Jeb Hartness




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