AUBURN, Ala. - Expecting its toughest test yet, No. 13 Auburn received all that and then some from Saint Louis before a late 11-0 run helped the Tigers beat the Billikens 65-60 Sunday at Neville Arena.
Wendell Green Jr. scored 22 points and Johni Broome added 11 points, eight rebounds and eight blocked shots to lead Auburn to its 43rd consecutive non-conference home win and 23rd straight victory on its home court.
Trailing by five in the closing minutes, K.D. Johnson brought the Tigers back by getting to the rim and making tough shots on back-to-back Auburn possessions.
After Johni Broome's eighth block of the game, Johnson fired a baseball pass to Allen Flanigan, whose thunderous dunk gave Auburn a 59-58 lead and brough the Jungle to its feet with chants of "Let's go Auburn!"
Broome scored in the paint to put the Tigers ahead by three, then Green made a free throw and scored on an acrobatic drive to turn a five-point deficit into a 64-58 Auburn lead with 30 seconds to play.
Flanigan led the Tigers with 10 rebounds. Jaylin Williams added nine points and seven rebounds.
Saint Louis hurt itself by shooting 1-for-11 from the free-throw line in the second half. Green made two 3-pointers and added two old-fashioned 3-point plays while leading Auburn with 14 first-half points.
Broome blocked five shots and grabbed five rebounds in the first half to help Auburn lead 36-33 at halftime.
An early 8-0 run gave the Tigers a 13-4 lead but the visiting Billikens hit back-to-back 3-pointers to close the gap before taking the lead late in the half with the score remaining close throughout.
Looking to remain unbeaten, the Tigers (7-0) welcome Colgate to Neville Arena Friday at 7 p.m. CT.