Hargrove's Career Game Lifts AU past Alabama, 88-76

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Lucas Hargrove scored a career-high 28 points in a rare start and Auburn made a season-best 12 3-pointers to beat Alabama 88-76.

The Tigers (14-11, 4-8 Southeastern Conference) used a 14-4 run midway through the second half to break open a four-point game and easily avoid a season sweep by their rival.

Hargrove made 9-of-12 shots and topped his previous best of 13 points by halftime in just his second start of the season.

Quan Prowell added 22 points and nine rebounds despite playing much of the game in foul trouble. He made 4-of-6 3-pointers before fouling out late.

Frank Tolbert and Rasheem Barrett added 10 points apiece while Quantez Robertson had eight points, seven assists, six rebounds and four steals.

Alonzo Gee led Alabama (14-13, 3-9) with 18 points and nine rebounds, while Richard Hendrix finished with 16. Mykal Riley added 15 points and 10 rebounds and his four 3-pointers gave him 12 for the past two games.

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