Harper leads No. 11 Auburn to 101-58 win over South Alabama

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07 Nov 2018, 10:58 IST
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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Jared Harper opened the sport with an alley-oop move to Anfernee McLemore and drained a 3 -pointer a minute later.

It was that type of opening night time for Harper and No. 11 Auburn. The purpose guard had 20 factors, 13 assists and 6 3-pointers to steer the Tigers to a 101-58 win over South Alabama on Tuesday night time within the season opener for each groups.

“We performed extraordinarily nicely,” Auburn coach Bruce Pearl mentioned. “We’d have beat lots of people tonight.

“The adversity we’re dealing with is we now have eight scholarship guys (accessible). Have three entrance line gamers proper now. We will not get too glad.”

Sporting their highest preseason rating since 1999, the Tigers raced to an enormous early lead and saved including to it. That they had six gamers rating in double figures and made 18 3-pointers.

Harper set the tone early and added a behind-the-back move not lengthy earlier than heading to the bench. He dedicated only one turnover and was 6 of 10 from 3-point vary.

“He is simply so particular, a lot enjoyable to look at,” Pearl mentioned. “He is accountable for his workforce. He is accountable for what we do. He is elevated his data a lot.

“He is aware of the place everyone’s speculated to be. He is aware of what I ought to name and what I should not name.”

Chuma Okeke scored 20 factors and had 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Malik Dunbar had 16 factors, all within the second half.

“We simply knew we needed to begin the season out proper, loads of vitality,” Okeke mentioned.

VCU switch Samir Doughty had 14 factors in his Auburn debut after sitting out final season. Bryce Brown scored 12 and Anfernee McLemore 11.

Doughty has been restricted in follow by an ankle harm, however did not present a lot rust.

“It was simply good to get again on the market,” he mentioned. “Comfortable I obtained to play. Nobody actually anticipated me to play this early.”

Rodrick Sikes led South Alabama with 25 factors and made 5 3-pointers.

Josh Ajayi had 10 factors for the Jaguars, who had been 17-of-46 taking pictures (37 %).

“We did not deal with the atmosphere very nicely,” South Alabama coach Richie Riley mentioned. “We did not deal with it when issues went dangerous.”

BIG PICTURE

South Alabama: The Jaguars began the Richie Riley teaching period off with a lopsided loss. The Jaguars referred to as two time outs within the first 86 seconds in a tough begin.

Auburn: The Tigers did not go away any room for an upset threat with their most-hyped workforce in years. Auburn made its first six photographs, 5 of them 3-pointers. Auburn was 12 of 17 from 3-point vary within the first half.

WILEY OUT

Auburn middle Austin Wiley’s return must wait. He sat out the sport with a left foot harm. Wiley and Danjel Purifoy had been held out final season due to NCAA guidelines violations. Purifoy is eligible to return for the UAB recreation on Dec. 15.

ASSISTS PARADE

Auburn had 24 assists on 38 baskets. It is probably the most assists for the Tigers since that they had 24 towards Arkansas-Pine Bluff in December 2013.

UP NEXT

South Alabama performs its house opener towards Huntingdon on Saturday.

Auburn faces an enormous take a look at Friday night time when it hosts No. 25 Washington. Pearl hasn’t dominated out the potential for Wiley taking part in within the recreation.

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