Auburn Uses Huge Second Half to Pull Away from Missouri in 91-73 Victory

Josiah Schueneman, 23 Sports Reporter

Jared Harper scored 21 points while shooting 5 for 7 from the 3-point line and Bryce Brown added 16 points of his own as Auburn rode a dominant second half to a 91-73 victory over Missouri on Wednesday night.

It was a total team effort for the visiting Tigers. Mustapha Heron posted a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Desean Murray recorded 16 points while Chuma Okeke added 10 off the bench. Anfernee McLemore was a force defensively for the Tigers, blocking six shots. Auburn had five players in double figures on the night.

Jordan Barnett was the only efficient shooter for Missouri as he had 19 points and seven rebounds while shooting 5 for 8 from 3-point range. Kassius Robertson was the leading scorer for the Tigers with 21 points, but shot just 6 for 15 from the field. Jordan Geist scored 12 points and Kevin Puryear added 10 points off the bench.

Missouri’s offense struggled in the first half as they had difficulty getting baskets in the paint and had to rely heavily on their 3-point shooting, which has seemed to be the case for much of the season. Jeremiah Tilmon once again had foul problems and sat for most of the first half. Jordan Barnett played extremely well as he scored 12 of his 14 first half points from the 3-point line. The Tigers had several careless turnovers in the first half, tallying 10 before the half. Auburn had just 3 turnovers. Their marvelous guard trio of Jared Harper, Bryce Brown, and Mustapha Heron carried the load as they led 41-36 at halftime.

In the second half, Tilmon barely saw the floor as he recorded two fouls and had to sit out again. He didn’t score in the game and played just 7 minutes. Auburn got off to a solid start in the half and led by 9 early. Although, Missouri would go on an 8-0 run to cut it to a 49-48 deficit. That would be the closest the Tigers would get as Auburn went on a 20-2 run. They led by 20 with just under 8 minutes left and never looked back. Led by Jared Harper, Auburn knocked down 8 threes in the half en route to the decisive victory.

Missouri suffered their second straight loss, but will hope to get back on track as they head to Mississippi State this Saturday.