GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Auburn 55, Missouri 54

(AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

By JOE WALLJASPER
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, Mo. - K.D. Johnson scored 17 points, including five straight within the final 90 seconds, and No. 1 Auburn survived a scare from Missouri, winning 55-54 in the program's first-ever game as the nation's top-ranked team.

Johnson converted a three-point play with 1:29 remaining to put Auburn ahead 53-51, then added a layup with 45 seconds left for a four-point advantage, and the Tigers (19-1, 8-0 Southeastern Conference) held on from there.

Walker Kessler had 13 points and 12 rebounds for Auburn, which shot 30% from the field.

Javon Pickett led Missouri (8-11, 2-5) with 17 points, and Jaron Coleman added 10.

Missouri got off to a roaring start, opening a 10-point lead in the first six minutes while Auburn missed 10 of its first 11 shots. Auburn star freshman Jabari Smith - a potential top pick in this year's NBA draft - scored three points in the first half as the teams went into halftime tied at 31.

Smith finished with five points on 2-of-15 shooting, although he contributed 10 rebounds.


Auburn
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
J. Smith F 32 2-15 0-0 1-7 3-10 1 2 0 0 1 5
W. Kessler F 30 5-10 3-4 0-1 7-12 0 2 0 1 2 13
A. Flanigan G 28 1-6 0-0 0-2 1-4 2 1 1 4 2 2
K. Johnson G 28 6-13 4-5 1-4 0-2 1 0 3 2 2 17
Z. Jasper G 22 1-3 0-0 1-2 0-2 1 0 1 0 2 3
W. Green Jr.   22 2-9 0-0 2-7 1-3 3 0 1 1 2 6
D. Cambridge   19 2-8 0-2 0-2 9-9 0 0 0 1 0 4
J. Williams   11 1-4 0-0 1-3 1-2 0 1 0 0 0 3
D. Cardwell   7 1-2 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 1 3 2
Totals   199 21-70
(.300)
7-11
(.636)
6-28
(.214)
25-48 8 6 6 10 14 55


Missouri
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
K. Brown F 34 4-9 0-0 0-2 0-11 3 1 2 2 3 8
T. Brazile F 20 1-3 0-0 0-1 1-3 1 2 0 1 0 2
J. Pickett G 35 6-10 3-4 2-3 2-6 0 1 2 4 4 17
J. Coleman G 34 3-11 3-4 1-6 0-3 1 0 0 3 4 10
D. Gordon G 22 1-5 0-0 1-2 1-3 1 0 1 1 4 3
A. Davis   28 4-9 0-0 0-1 0-0 1 1 0 1 0 8
R. DeGray III   23 1-4 2-2 1-2 2-4 1 0 1 0 1 5
K. Brown   3 0-1 0-0 0-0 1-1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Y. Keita   3 0-0 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Totals   202 20-52
(.385)
9-12
(.750)
5-17
(.294)
10-38 9 5 6 13 17 54
Officials: Byron Jarrett, Todd Austin, Lee Cassell




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