GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Auburn 81, Alabama 77

(AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

By JOHN ZENOR
AP Sports Writer

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Freshman Jabari Smith scored a season-high 25 points and Allen Flanigan made four straight free throws in the final 54 seconds, lifting No. 4 Auburn to an 81-77 victory over rival No. 24 Alabama.

The Tigers (15-1, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) lost all of a 14-point lead before managing to avoid becoming the third Top-5 team to lose on the night. They pushed their win streak to 12 games in the rivals' first Top 25 matchup in 35 years.

Smith's 3-pointer gave Auburn a 73-59 lead with eight minutes left. Then Alabama (11-5, 2-2) scored the next 14 and tied it with Darius Miles' dunk at the 4:04 mark. Flanigan, who missed the first 11 games recovering from surgery on his right Achilles, iced it at the line.

Dylan Cardwell blocked a 3-point attempt after Flanigan's last two foul shots with 22 seconds left. Alabama missed its final eight shots.

Wendell Green Jr. scored 13 of his 19 points in the second half for Auburn. K.D. Johnson had 13 points and eight rebounds. Flanigan finished with 10 points.

Jahvon Quinerly led Alabama with 14 points and Jaden Shackelford scored 13, with three others reaching double figures. Noah Gurley scored 11 and Keon Ellis and Darius Miles had 10 apiece.

Auburn center Walker Kessler fouled out with five minutes left on a charge, managing just two points and two rebounds.


Auburn
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
J. Smith F 34 8-14 6-10 3-6 1-7 1 4 2 2 3 25
W. Kessler F 13 1-1 0-0 0-0 1-2 1 0 0 3 5 2
K. Johnson G 32 5-12 2-6 1-5 1-8 3 0 3 1 2 13
A. Flanigan G 26 3-6 4-4 0-1 0-4 1 0 0 2 3 10
Z. Jasper G 15 0-1 0-0 0-1 1-2 0 0 0 1 2 0
W. Green Jr.   31 7-20 2-2 3-10 0-3 4 0 3 0 3 19
D. Cardwell   18 3-4 0-0 0-0 2-6 0 4 0 1 2 6
J. Williams   15 1-5 0-0 0-1 1-4 1 2 1 1 2 2
D. Cambridge   14 2-3 0-0 0-1 1-5 0 1 0 1 2 4
L. Berman   2 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   200 30-67
(.448)
14-22
(.636)
7-26
(.269)
10-44 11 11 9 13 24 81


Alabama
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
J. Gary F 6 2-3 0-0 0-1 1-1 0 0 0 0 4 4
C. Bediako C 14 2-3 2-2 0-0 1-1 0 2 0 1 0 6
J. Quinerly G 32 4-19 4-4 2-10 1-6 5 1 0 4 3 14
K. Ellis G 31 1-5 7-8 1-4 1-7 0 0 4 2 5 10
J. Shackelford G 29 4-14 3-4 2-8 1-7 1 0 0 1 0 13
D. Miles   29 3-6 3-5 1-3 3-9 1 1 1 2 4 10
J. Davison   26 4-9 1-2 0-2 0-2 4 0 1 1 1 9
N. Gurley   26 3-6 4-4 1-2 0-2 1 3 0 1 0 11
J. Holt   7 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-1 0 0 0 0 1 0
Totals   200 23-66
(.348)
24-29
(.828)
7-31
(.226)
11-42 12 7 6 12 18 77
Officials: Terry Oglesby, Joe Lindsay, Bart Lenox




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