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Solid defensive performance leads Auburn to victory

50 days ago
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AUBURN, Ala. - It was a block party in Auburn Arena on Saturday afternoon. No. 21 Auburn blocked 14 shots, while only turning the ball over seven times, to notch an impressive 86-64 win over Yale to improve to 7-1 on the season.

The 14 blocks matched the Auburn record under Pearl and were three off the program record.

K.D. Johnson and Jabari Smith paced the Tigers offensively. Johnson scored a team-high 19 points, and the freshman Smith finished in double figures for the fifth straight game with 17 points. Smith also pulled down seven rebounds.

As a team, Auburn had five players score in double figures.

Junior Devan Cambridge recorded his second career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, matching his career high on the glass.

Zep Jasper and Dylan Cardwell also finished with 10 points apiece. Cardwell had a pair of alley-oop dunks in the first half and was 5 of 6 from the floor. The 6-foot-11 sophomore also grabbed six rebounds and blocked three shots in 17 minutes on the floor.

The second half dominance this season continued Saturday as the Tigers outscored Yale, 39-34, in the final 20 minutes. But they started red-hot too, jumping out to an 11-0 run in the first six minutes. Yale didn't score its first point until the 14:09 mark in the first half. Auburn had seven blocks in that stretch, including three from Walker Kessler.

Kessler, Cardwell and Babatunde Akingbola all finished with three or more blocks.

Next up for Auburn is a matchup with Nebraska in Atlanta next Saturday as part of the Holiday Hoopsgiving event. The game is scheduled to tip off at 10:30 a.m. CT.