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Auburn 43, Northwestern 42

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CANCUN, Mexico - K.D. Johnson scored 12 points, Allen Flanigan made a contested go-ahead layup with 31 seconds left and No. 13 Auburn held on to beat Northwestern 43-42 in the championship game of the Cancun Challenge.

Jaylin Williams made 3 of 6 from 3-point range and finished with 11 points for the Tigers (6-0).

Chase Audige hit Northwestern's second 3-pointer to take a 40-39 lead with 3 minutes to play. Wendell Green Jr. - Auburn's leading scorer at 14.0 per game - scored his only points when he hit a pull-up jumper with 1:43 to go then Audige answered with a layup to give the Wildcats a one-point lead 24 seconds later. After Robbie Beran stole a pass from Auburn's Johni Broome, Green created a Northwestern turnover that led to Flanigan's layup.

Johnson contested a potential winning jumper by Audige in the closing seconds that bounced off the backboard, deflected off Beran and was finally secured by Green.

Audige led Northwestern with 10 points, three blocks and two steals. The Wildcats shot 4 of 24 (16.7%) in the first half and finished shooting 25% (14 of 56) from the field and 2 of 24 (8.3%) from 3-point range.

The game was tied at 19 at halftime.

Northwestern missed its first 17 3-point shots before Ty Berry hit from behind the arc with 12:02 remaining to cap a 12-2 run that gave the Wildcats a 31-25 lead. Johnson answered with a three-point play before Williams hit a 3 then threw down a dunk to put Auburn back in front less than 2 minutes later.

Auburn shot 26% (13 of 50) from the field and made just 5 of 21 (23.8%) from behind the arc.

November 23, 2022


Auburn
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
J. Williams F 28 4-10 0-0 3-6 1-4 0 2 1 1 0 11
J. Broome F 24 1-3 3-4 0-0 2-8 0 2 1 3 2 5
C. Moore F 15 0-4 0-0 0-1 1-1 0 0 0 1 3 0
W. Green Jr. G 31 1-9 0-0 0-3 0-10 3 0 1 4 2 2
Z. Jasper G 14 0-2 2-3 0-1 0-1 0 0 0 1 1 2
K. Johnson   25 2-8 7-7 1-5 0-1 1 0 1 1 3 12
A. Flanigan   22 3-6 0-2 1-2 0-4 2 0 0 0 3 7
D. Cardwell   16 2-4 0-0 0-0 3-5 1 2 0 1 2 4
Y. Traore   12 0-1 0-0 0-1 1-3 0 0 0 1 0 0
C. Westry   10 0-3 0-2 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0
T. Donaldson   3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Totals   200 13-50
(.260)
12-18
(.667)
5-21
(.238)
13-44 7 6 4 14 18 43


Northwestern
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
R. Beran F 37 1-9 0-0 0-5 2-8 0 1 1 1 2 2
T. Verhoeven F 21 1-2 0-2 0-1 0-4 0 2 1 0 2 2
B. Buie G 37 3-13 0-0 0-6 1-5 3 0 2 3 2 6
C. Audige G 31 4-14 1-2 1-4 1-3 0 3 2 1 3 10
T. Berry G 26 2-9 4-4 1-6 1-3 0 0 1 1 2 9
B. Barnhizer   29 1-6 4-4 0-2 1-6 1 0 0 0 2 6
M. Nicholson   19 2-3 3-4 0-0 2-4 0 2 1 2 3 7
Totals   200 14-56
(.250)
12-16
(.750)
2-24
(.083)
9-36 4 8 8 8 16 42
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