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Brown's 34 points leads No. 8 Auburn past Dayton 82-72

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Bryce Brown didn't want to take all the credit for his flurry of 3-pointers to end the first half.

Brown scored a career-high 34 points and made six 3s to lead No. 8 Auburn to an 82-72 victory over Dayton on Saturday night.

He got into a groove late in the first half, making four straight 3s over the final 2:29 to give the Tigers a 51-32 lead. Brown even listed those who fed him the ball on the first three shots, Chuma Okeke, Samir Doughty and Jared Harper.

''Three of those 3s are just off my teammates,'' Brown said. ''The last one in the half was just me making the play.''

He and Harper, especially, made plenty of them.

The Flyers (5-4) made some runs at Auburn (8-1) in the second half when the Tigers shooters cooled off, but they couldn't catch up.

Harper had 20 points and seven assists for Auburn. Doughty filled the stat sheet with eight points, 10 rebounds, six assists and four steals.

Auburn coach Bruce Pearl would still rather have more scoring help for Harper and Brown.

''I don't think we executed really well,'' Pearl said. ''Bryce is a great shot maker. We obviously leaned on him pretty heavily because we did not have enough balance. And he delivered.''

Brown capped that hot streak before the half with a 3 from the top of the key with four seconds left, giving him 22 points heading to the locker room.

Ryan Mikesell led Dayton with 15 points. Josh Cunningham scored 14 and Jalen Crutcher added 11. Dayton made 11 of 23 3-pointers but committed 23 turnovers.

''Our guys never wavered after the half,'' Dayton coach Anthony Grant said. ''We came out in the second half and competed and gave ourselves a chance. And at the end of the day, we lost to a very good team.''

Down big at halftime, Dayton scored 10 straight points to close to 76-68 after Cunningham's dunk with 4:26 left. Brown answered with a jumper from the free-throw line.

The Tigers' top scorers, Harper and Brown both had struggled in the last game against UNC Asheville.

Brown rebounded strongly from his worst game of the season, when he was 3-of-9 shooting for seven points. Harper scored nine in that game.

Brown said he focused on working harder without the ball and taking smarter shots.

''That was a tough game for me overall,'' Brown said. ''We got the win, but lately I just haven't been proud of my 3-point percentage, so I've just been trying to take smarter shots.''

BIG PICTURE

Dayton: Has lost four of its last five games but that includes seven-point defeats by No. 4 Virginia and No. 22 Mississippi State and now another competitive game against a top-10 team.

Auburn: Made 12 3-pointers but attempted 33. Forced turnovers on five of Dayton's first six possessions.

GRANT RETURNS

Dayton's Grant returned to a familiar arena. He was head coach at Alabama, Auburn's top rival, from 2009-15.

PURIFOY'S RETURN

Danjel Purifoy's season-plus long suspension by the NCAA for rules violations is over. The forward makes his season debut in the next game. He posted that he's ''officially back'' shortly after this one ended.

''I feel like he helps the team all the way around,'' Brown said.

UP NEXT

Dayton plays Tulsa on Dec. 16 in the Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase.

Auburn plays UAB next Saturday night in the Mike Slive Invitational in Birmingham.

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Key Players
J. Crutcher
10 G
J. Harper
1 G
33.7 Min. Per Game 33.7
14.1 Pts. Per Game 14.1
7.1 Ast. Per Game 7.1
3.3 Reb. Per Game 3.3
42.7 Field Goal % 38.7
41.5 Three Point % 44.8
60.0 Free Throw % 91.3
  Defensive rebound by Samir Doughty 2.0
  Trey Landers missed layup, blocked by Chuma Okeke 4.0
  Offensive rebound by Trey Landers 10.0
  Jalen Crutcher missed 3-pt. jump shot 12.0
  Defensive rebound by Trey Landers 22.0
  Samir Doughty missed 3-pt. jump shot 24.0
  Personal foul on Josh Cunningham 42.0
  Personal foul on Jordan Davis 45.0
  Defensive rebound by Chuma Okeke 45.0
  Trey Landers missed layup 47.0
+ 2 Austin Wiley made dunk, assist by Samir Doughty 59.0
Team Stats
Points 72 82
Field Goals 27-56 (48.2%) 28-61 (45.9%)
3-Pointers 11-23 (47.8%) 12-33 (36.4%)
Free Throws 7-10 (70.0%) 14-17 (82.4%)
Total Rebounds 37 27
Offensive 13 10
Defensive 22 16
Team 2 1
Assists 16 17
Steals 3 10
Blocks 2 9
Turnovers 23 10
Fouls 14 11
Technicals 0 0
15 PTS, 8 REB, 1 AST
34 PTS, 1 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Dayton 5-4 324072
home team logo 8 Auburn 8-1 513182
Team Stats
away team logo Dayton 5-4 72.2 PPG 37.9 RPG 15.8 APG
home team logo 8 Auburn 8-1 84.8 PPG 42.7 RPG 16.5 APG
Key Players
33
R. Mikesell F 9.8 PPG 5.4 RPG 1.6 APG 53.0 FG%
2
B. Brown G 16.7 PPG 2.5 RPG 2.4 APG 43.2 FG%
Top Scorers
R. Mikesell F 15 PTS 8 REB 1 AST
B. Brown G 34 PTS 1 REB 1 AST
48.2 FG% 45.9
47.8 3PT FG% 36.4
70.0 FT% 82.4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
R. Mikesell 32 15 8 1 0 0 4 0 6/12 3/5 0/0 5 3
J. Cunningham 31 14 5 3 1 0 4 3 6/8 1/1 1/1 2 3
J. Crutcher 36 11 6 5 2 0 7 0 3/12 3/7 2/2 1 5
J. Davis 29 9 1 1 0 0 3 4 3/8 2/6 1/2 0 1
T. Landers 36 8 11 3 0 0 2 3 3/7 0/1 2/2 3 8
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
R. Mikesell 32 15 8 1 0 0 4 0 6/12 3/5 0/0 5 3
J. Cunningham 31 14 5 3 1 0 4 3 6/8 1/1 1/1 2 3
J. Crutcher 36 11 6 5 2 0 7 0 3/12 3/7 2/2 1 5
J. Davis 29 9 1 1 0 0 3 4 3/8 2/6 1/2 0 1
T. Landers 36 8 11 3 0 0 2 3 3/7 0/1 2/2 3 8
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
O. Toppin 16 10 3 0 0 2 1 2 4/4 1/1 1/3 2 1
D. Cohill 17 5 1 3 0 0 2 0 2/5 1/2 0/0 0 1
F. Policelli 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
J. Westerfield - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Chatman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Watson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Tshimanga - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Greer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Matos - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Leonard - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Wilson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 72 35 16 3 2 23 14 27/56 11/23 7/10 13 22
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
B. Brown 34 34 1 1 0 0 1 1 10/18 6/13 8/9 0 1
J. Harper 35 20 3 7 2 0 1 1 5/11 4/7 6/6 0 3
S. Doughty 34 8 10 6 4 0 1 1 3/6 2/3 0/0 4 6
A. McLemore 18 6 1 0 1 2 1 2 3/6 0/3 0/0 0 1
C. Okeke 30 2 3 2 3 2 1 1 1/6 0/2 0/0 2 1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
B. Brown 34 34 1 1 0 0 1 1 10/18 6/13 8/9 0 1
J. Harper 35 20 3 7 2 0 1 1 5/11 4/7 6/6 0 3
S. Doughty 34 8 10 6 4 0 1 1 3/6 2/3 0/0 4 6
A. McLemore 18 6 1 0 1 2 1 2 3/6 0/3 0/0 0 1
C. Okeke 30 2 3 2 3 2 1 1 1/6 0/2 0/0 2 1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
A. Wiley 20 8 7 0 0 5 4 2 4/7 0/0 0/2 3 4
H. Spencer 12 2 1 0 0 0 1 2 1/3 0/2 0/0 1 0
J. McCormick 11 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0
M. Dunbar 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/3 0/3 0/0 0 0
C. Blackstock - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Macoy - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Purifoy - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Collier - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Parker - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Maasdorp - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Cook - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 82 26 17 10 9 10 11 28/61 12/33 14/17 10 16