Auburn Storms Past UConn, Wins Ninth Straight

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AUBURN, Ala. – Eleven players registered at least one point, including five in double figures, as Auburn throttled UConn, 89-64. The Tigers (11-1) won their ninth straight game overall and their 12th consecutive non-conference game at Auburn Arena.

“We’re very pleased with the effort, really pleased with the environment,” head coach Bruce Pearl said. “When we defensively get in a position where we can dictate we can be pretty good.

“There were obviously times in the second half where UConn shot the ball better, and goodness if we had made shots ourselves. I thought we got really good looks. I thought we missed a lot of shots and we might have had an even greater margin.”

Mustapha Heron and Desean Murray led the balanced effort with 13 points apiece, while Malik Dunbar added 12. Jared Harper and Davion Mitchell rounded out the Auburn contingent in double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Harper also added seven assists, with his running mate Mitchell contributing four.

As a team, the Tigers racked up 18 assists on 29 baskets in the final game before Christmas break.

Horace Spencer was also a key contributor off the bench with a season-high 10 rebounds and nine