GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Auburn 62, Loyola-Chicago 53

(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

By AARON BEARD
AP Basketball Writer

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas - Freshman Jabari Smith had 14 points to help No. 19 Auburn regroup from a double-overtime loss and beat Loyola Chicago 62-53 in the consolation round game at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.

The Tigers (4-1) held the Ramblers to just two field goals over an 11-minute span in the second half, building a 10-point margin heading into the final minutes. Auburn also did a better job of contesting Loyola Chicago's outside shooters in the second half in particular, with the Ramblers making just 1 of 10 3-pointers after the break.

Walker Kessler added 13 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks for the Tigers. The 7-foot transfer from North Carolina helped keep Auburn in control of the glass with a 36-26 rebounding advantage as well as his work protecting the rim.

Marquise Kennedy scored 13 points to lead the Ramblers (4-2), who shot 62% in the first half. But Loyola Chicago's offense struggled to string together baskets to build some rhythm, and the outside-shooting struggles after halftime were magnified as Auburn began to increase its late margin.

Loyola Chicago shot just 8 for 26 (31%) after halftime.

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Loyola Chicago
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
A. Uguak F 20 0-2 1-2 0-1 1-3 1 0 0 4 1 1
J. Hutson C 18 3-7 0-0 0-0 0-1 2 0 2 0 1 6
B. Norris G 31 3-9 1-2 3-7 0-2 1 0 0 3 3 10
L. Williamson G 31 3-7 0-2 1-4 0-4 3 0 1 5 2 7
M. Kennedy G 25 6-8 0-0 1-2 1-2 2 0 1 1 1 13
R. Schwieger   24 2-5 0-0 0-2 0-2 1 1 0 1 3 4
T. Hall   18 2-3 2-2 1-2 0-5 0 1 0 2 2 7
K. Clemons   15 1-5 0-0 1-5 0-1 0 0 0 0 0 3
C. Knight   15 1-1 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 2 3 2
T. Welch   2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Totals   199 21-47
(.447)
4-9
(.444)
7-23
(.304)
5-26 11 2 4 18 17 53


Auburn
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
J. Smith F 29 7-9 0-1 0-1 0-4 0 1 0 1 1 14
W. Kessler F 25 5-12 2-5 1-3 5-10 0 4 2 0 2 13
D. Cambridge G 26 3-4 0-0 1-2 0-2 1 1 2 1 4 7
K. Johnson G 25 1-6 4-4 1-4 1-2 1 0 4 2 2 7
Z. Jasper G 23 1-9 1-2 0-3 0-0 6 0 0 1 1 3
W. Green Jr.   23 3-8 2-2 2-5 0-4 4 0 3 4 2 10
J. Williams   16 1-2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 2 2 2
C. Moore   14 1-3 0-0 0-0 3-4 0 0 0 1 1 2
D. Cardwell   10 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 0 1 0 1 2
L. Berman   8 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 0 2 2
Totals   199 24-55
(.436)
9-14
(.643)
5-18
(.278)
13-36 12 7 12 13 18 62
Officials: Jeb Hartness, Tony Henderson, Owen Shortt




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