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SEC MEN'S TOURNAMENT - 2ND ROUND - Bridgestone Arena - Nashville, Tennessee

Auburn upsets No. 5 seed Texas A&M

981 days ago
Associated Press
Photo: Team Coyle

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- KT Harrell scored 25 points and Auburn rallied from 10 points down at halftime to upset fifth-seeded Texas A&M 66-59 Thursday in the second round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.

The Tigers (14-19) now have won two straight in as many days after winning only four SEC games all season. Auburn also won consecutive tournament games for the first time since 2000, and they will play fourth-seeded LSU on Friday.

Cinmeon Bowers added 10 points for Auburn.

With nothing but the offseason ahead, the Tigers opened the second half with a 16-1 run hitting their first four 3-pointers. The Aggies didn't hit their first bucket of the half until Alex Robinson scored on a layup with 14:31 left.

Fifth-seeded Texas A&M (20-11) lost its third straight and four of the last five, likely dooming the Aggies' NCAA Tournament hopes.

Alex Caruso and Robinson had 11 points apiece for Texas A&M.

Auburn slumped into this tournament having lost six straight. But first-year coach Bruce Pearl has preached this tournament gives the Tigers a chance to thank their fans and show some signs of progress. They picked up where they left off Wednesday night beating Mississippi State, which was their first win since Valentine's Day.

It looked grim at halftime with the Aggies up 33-23. But Texas A&M blew a 14-point halftime lead in losing the regular season finale to Alabama, and the Aggies blew their second straight double-digit lead at halftime.

The Tigers took control with their strong start to the second half, and Auburn pushed the lead to double digits when Patrick Keim hit three free throws with 8:13 left.

The Aggies couldn't score as they hit only two shots through the first 18 minutes of the second half. They trimmed the final margin with a couple of layups in the final two minutes.

Auburn jumped out to a 10-4 lead over Texas A&M. Then the Aggies got going, spreading it around with eight of the 10 playing in the first half scoring at least a bucket.

Texas A&M outscored Auburn 25-8 to take a 29-18 lead on a 3-pointer by Caruso with 2:55 left. The Aggies took a 33-23 lead into halftime.

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TIP-INS

Auburn: The Tigers had a 20-5 scoring edge off the Aggies' 19 turnovers. ... Their margin could have been bigger if they had been better at the free throw line, where they went 24 of 38.

Texas A&M: The Aggies ranked third in the SEC shooting 35 percent beyond the arc. They finished 5 of 19, missing all 10 attempts in the second half. ... They outrebounded Auburn 38-35 but got only five offensive boards.

HOUSE ON BENCH: Aggies junior guard Danuel House, the fourth-leading scorer in SEC play averaging 16.2 points per game, did not play. He sprained his foot last week in a loss at Florida.

UP NEXT:

Auburn: LSU on Friday.

Texas A&M: Waiting for an NIT Tournament berth.