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Smith, Pinson lead Missouri to 85-73 win over No. 11 Auburn

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) As Missouri’s two point guards, Dru Smith and Xavier Pinson rarely play on the same side in practice.

The pair looked comfortable together on Saturday, each scoring 28 points as Missouri beat No. 11 Auburn 85-73.

“It was a little weird at first, weird playing off the ball, but I love having X out there with me,” Smith said. “When we’re both being aggressive, it gives us a great chance to win games.”

Smith and Pinson started playing together in games more often in the last two weeks after starting guard Mark Smith was sidelined with a back injury. The slender Pinson has a quick first step and can elevate for emphatic dunks. The bulkier Smith muscles into the lane and patiently tricks defenders into leaving their feet with pivots and pump fakes.

“Pinson and Smith were really tough covers,” Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said. “They play with great confidence, great poise.”

Kobe Brown added 10 points and nine rebounds for Missouri (12-13, 4-8 Southeastern Conference).

Austin Wiley led Auburn (22-3, 9-3) with 22 points and 10 rebounds. J’Von McCormick scored 21, and Samir Doughty added 16. Auburn made just 1 of 17 shots from 3-point range.

“Missouri did a good job of switching,” Pearl said. “They were creating matchups for us to take advantage of with drives and post-ups, but we weren’t getting open shots because they were switching on the perimeter.”

Smith and Pinson combined to score 33 points on 12-of-15 shooting in the first half. Pinson freed himself with a crossover dribble and sank a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer, giving Missouri a 45-32 lead.

“It’s almost impossible to stay in front of him without somebody helping you,” Smith said. “I think he’s one of the toughest guys to guard in the league."

Pinson took a long break after drawing his fourth foul with 13 minutes left in the game, but Smith picked up the slack, especially at the foul line, where he made 12 of 13 free throws.

“He’s sneaky," Pinson said. "You’ll think he’s tired, then, boom, he cuts backdoor. Or he’ll pump-fake and get you up in air and draw a foul. He’s just an incredible player.”

TURNING POINT

Auburn cut its deficit to five points early in the second half, but momentum changed when Devan Cambridge was ejected with 10:01 remaining. He was called for Flagrant 1 and 2 fouls on the same play. Cambridge pulled Missouri’s Javon Pickett down and then stepped on his leg while he was sitting on the court. Pickett said the officials initially called the foul on him, but after a lengthy review, they called the flagrant fouls on Cambridge.

Pickett and Smith combined to make 3 of the 4 free throws. Missouri then got possession of the ball, and Torrence Watson made a 3-pointer. The total damage from the play was six points, giving Missouri a 62-46 lead.

OUT OF GAS?

Pearl was asked if Auburn was worn down after winning three straight overtime games.

“It’s a fair question,” Pearl said. “If I look tired, I might be. And our guys might be. But don’t allow that to take a thing away from Missouri.”

BIG PICTURE

Missouri: The Tigers are showing signs of a late-season surge. After beating Arkansas in overtime on Feb. 8, they led 25th-ranked LSU on the road for most of the game Tuesday before losing 82-78. The victory over Auburn was Missouri’s first win over a ranked team in five tries this season.

Auburn: Freshman star Isaac Okoro, who injured his hamstring Wednesday against Alabama, didn’t make the trip to Missouri. Okoro averages 13.1 points and 4.8 rebounds. He was replaced in the starting lineup by fellow freshman Allen Flanigan.

UP NEXT

Missouri: Host Mississippi on Tuesday.

Auburn: At Georgia on Wednesday.

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1st Half

Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by Auburn  
19:46   J'Von McCormick missed 3-pt. jump shot  
19:44   Offensive rebound by Austin Wiley  
19:20   Samir Doughty missed 3-pt. jump shot  
19:42   Offensive rebound by Allen Flanigan  
19:02 +2 J'Von McCormick made jump shot 2-0
18:28   Bad pass turnover on Xavier Pinson  
18:16   Personal foul on Dru Smith  
18:08 +2 Samir Doughty made jump shot 4-0
17:44 +2 Kobe Brown made layup 4-2
17:44   Shooting foul on Anfernee McLemore  
17:44 +1 Kobe Brown made free throw 4-3
17:29 +2 Austin Wiley made dunk, assist by J'Von McCormick 6-3
17:17 +2 Reed Nikko made dunk, assist by Xavier Pinson 6-5
16:48 +2 Austin Wiley made jump shot, assist by Samir Doughty 8-5
16:29   Personal foul on J'Von McCormick  
16:21   Mitchell Smith missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:19   Defensive rebound by Devan Cambridge  
16:06 +2 J'Von McCormick made driving layup 10-5
15:50   Lost ball turnover on Xavier Pinson, stolen by J'Von McCormick  
15:45   Lost ball turnover on J'Von McCormick, stolen by Xavier Pinson  
15:45   Commercial timeout called  
15:33 +2 Dru Smith made jump shot 10-7
15:04   Lost ball turnover on J'Von McCormick, stolen by Tray Jackson  
14:56 +2 Dru Smith made jump shot 10-9
14:28   Bad pass turnover on J'Von McCormick, stolen by Mitchell Smith  
14:11   Out of bounds turnover on Dru Smith  
13:55   Personal foul on Torrence Watson  
13:54   Devan Cambridge missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:52   Defensive rebound by Mitchell Smith  
13:32 +2 Xavier Pinson made driving layup 10-11
13:08   Traveling violation turnover on Devan Cambridge  
12:51   Kobe Brown missed jump shot  
12:49   Defensive rebound by Allen Flanigan  
12:42   Shooting foul on Mitchell Smith  
12:42   Jamal Johnson missed 1st of 2 free throws  
12:42   Jamal Johnson missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
12:42   Defensive rebound by Kobe Brown  
12:26 +2 Mitchell Smith made jump shot, assist by Kobe Brown 10-13
12:09   Allen Flanigan missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:07   Offensive rebound by Jamal Johnson  
12:04   Personal foul on Mitchell Smith  
13:06 +2 Austin Wiley made hook shot, assist by Danjel Purifoy 12-13
11:43   Shooting foul on Austin Wiley  
11:43   Commercial timeout called  
11:43   Xavier Pinson missed 1st of 2 free throws  
11:43 +1 Xavier Pinson made 2nd of 2 free throws 12-14
11:26   Danjel Purifoy missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:24   Defensive rebound by Xavier Pinson  
11:06   Dru Smith missed jump shot  
11:04   Offensive rebound by Xavier Pinson  
10:57   Kobe Brown missed jump shot  
10:55   Offensive rebound by Reed Nikko  
10:53   Personal foul on Jamal Johnson  
10:49   Dru Smith missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:47   Defensive rebound by Samir Doughty  
10:41 +2 Danjel Purifoy made layup, assist by Samir Doughty 14-14
10:19 +3 Dru Smith made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Javon Pickett 14-17
10:00 +2 Samir Doughty made driving layup 16-17
9:38   Dru Smith missed fade-away jump shot  
9:36   Defensive rebound by Austin Wiley  
9:30   Out of bounds turnover on Jamal Johnson  
9:12   Shooting foul on Danjel Purifoy  
9:12 +1 Dru Smith made 1st of 2 free throws 16-18
9:12 +1 Dru Smith made 2nd of 2 free throws 16-19
8:46 +2 J'Von McCormick made jump shot 18-19
8:26   Bad pass turnover on Reed Nikko, stolen by J'Von McCormick  
8:22   Shooting foul on Reed Nikko  
8:22 +1 J'Von McCormick made 1st of 2 free throws 19-19
8:22 +1 J'Von McCormick made 2nd of 2 free throws 20-19
8:00 +2 Dru Smith made layup 20-21
7:53   Offensive foul on Allen Flanigan  
7:53   Turnover on Allen Flanigan  
7:53   Commercial timeout called  
7:52   Personal foul on Samir Doughty  
7:52   Xavier Pinson missed free throw  
7:52   Defensive rebound by Anfernee McLemore  
7:31 +2 Austin Wiley made dunk, assist by Anfernee McLemore 22-21
7:06   Tray Jackson missed jump shot  
7:04   Defensive rebound by Auburn  
7:04   Personal foul on Xavier Pinson  
6:51   Anfernee McLemore missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:49   Defensive rebound by Xavier Pinson  
6:41 +2 Xavier Pinson made layup 22-23
6:19   Bad pass turnover on J'Von McCormick  
6:06   Kobe Brown missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:04   Offensive rebound by Missouri  
5:50 +2 Xavier Pinson made turnaround jump shot 22-25
5:29   Personal foul on Torrence Watson  
5:29 +1 J'Von McCormick made 1st of 2 free throws 23-25
5:29   J'Von McCormick missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
5:29   Defensive rebound by Reed Nikko  
5:01 +3 Xavier Pinson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Torrence Watson 23-28
4:39   Shooting foul on Reed Nikko  
4:40 +1 Samir Doughty made 1st of 2 free throws 24-28
4:40 +1 Samir Doughty made 2nd of 2 free throws 25-28
4:22   Mitchell Smith missed jump shot  
4:20   Defensive rebound by Samir Doughty  
4:14   Offensive foul on Austin Wiley  
4:14   Turnover on Austin Wiley  
4:01 +2 Kobe Brown made jump shot, assist by Xavier Pinson 25-30
3:47   Anfernee McLemore missed layup  
3:45   Defensive rebound by Kobe Brown  
3:31 +2 Dru Smith made layup 25-32
3:31   Shooting foul on J'Von McCormick  
3:31   Commercial timeout called  
3:31 +1 Dru Smith made free throw 25-33
3:19   Devan Cambridge missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:17   Defensive rebound by Dru Smith  
3:14 +2 Xavier Pinson made driving dunk, assist by Dru Smith 25-35
2:57   Personal foul on Kobe Brown  
2:57 +1 Samir Doughty made 1st of 2 free throws 26-35
2:57 +1 Samir Doughty made 2nd of 2 free throws 27-35
2:45   Personal foul on Allen Flanigan  
2:45   Dru Smith missed 1st of 2 free throws  
2:45 +1 Dru Smith made 2nd of 2 free throws 27-36
2:33   Shooting foul on Tray Jackson  
2:33   Allen Flanigan missed 1st of 2 free throws  
2:33   Allen Flanigan missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
2:33   Offensive rebound by Anfernee McLemore  
2:28   Jamal Johnson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:26   Offensive rebound by Danjel Purifoy  
2:12   Samir Doughty missed layup  
2:10   Offensive rebound by Allen Flanigan  
2:03 +2 Anfernee McLemore made layup 29-36
1:51   Offensive foul on Mitchell Smith  
1:51   Turnover on Mitchell Smith  
1:40   Shooting foul on Parker Braun  
1:40 +1 Samir Doughty made 1st of 2 free throws 30-36
1:40   Samir Doughty missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
1:40   Defensive rebound by Tray Jackson  
1:25 +3 Dru Smith made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Xavier Pinson 30-39
1:02   Personal foul on Dru Smith  
1:02 +1 Danjel Purifoy made 1st of 2 free throws 31-39
1:02 +1 Danjel Purifoy made 2nd of 2 free throws 32-39
43.0 +3 Tray Jackson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Xavier Pinson 32-42
21.0   Anfernee McLemore missed 3-pt. jump shot  
19.0   Defensive rebound by Missouri  
13.0   30-second timeout called  
3.0 +3 Xavier Pinson made 3-pt. jump shot 32-45
0.0   End of period  

2nd Half

Time Team Play Score
19:41   Javon Pickett missed 3-pt. jump shot  
19:39   Defensive rebound by J'Von McCormick  
19:27   Austin Wiley missed layup  
19:25   Defensive rebound by Reed Nikko  
19:12   Dru Smith missed layup  
19:10   Defensive rebound by Austin Wiley  
19:03 +2 Samir Doughty made jump shot 34-45
18:43 +2 Xavier Pinson made layup 34-47
18:22   Personal foul on Kobe Brown  
18:00   Shot clock violation turnover on Auburn  
17:43   Kobe Brown missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:41   Defensive rebound by Austin Wiley  
17:28   Allen Flanigan missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:26   Defensive rebound by Kobe Brown  
17:05   Reed Nikko missed jump shot  
17:03   Defensive rebound by Austin Wiley  
16:53   Austin Wiley missed layup, blocked by Kobe Brown  
16:51   Offensive rebound by Austin Wiley  
16:48 +2 Austin Wiley made layup 36-47
16:35   Xavier Pinson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:33   Defensive rebound by Austin Wiley  
16:25   Shooting foul on Xavier Pinson  
16:25 +1 Allen Flanigan made 1st of 2 free throws 37-47
16:25 +1 Allen Flanigan made 2nd of 2 free throws 38-47
15:59   Javon Pickett missed jump shot  
15:57   Defensive rebound by Anfernee McLemore  
15:45   Personal foul on Xavier Pinson  
15:45   Commercial timeout called  
15:38   Anfernee McLemore missed layup, blocked by Parker Braun  
15:36   Defensive rebound by Parker Braun  
15:27   Dru Smith missed layup  
15:25   Defensive rebound by Samir Doughty  
15:23   Shooting foul on Javon Pickett  
15:23 +1 Samir Doughty made 1st of 2 free throws 39-47
15:23 +1 Samir Doughty made 2nd of 2 free throws 40-47
15:19   Mitchell Smith missed layup, blocked by Austin Wiley  
15:17   Defensive rebound by J'Von McCormick  
15:12   Personal foul on Torrence Watson  
15:12 +1 J'Von McCormick made 1st of 2 free throws 41-47
15:12 +1 J'Von McCormick made 2nd of 2 free throws 42-47
14:57 +2 Reed Nikko made dunk, assist by Mitchell Smith 42-49
14:42   Austin Wiley missed jump shot  
14:40   Defensive rebound by Dru Smith  
14:35   Personal foul on Danjel Purifoy  
14:15 +3 Kobe Brown made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Xavier Pinson 42-52
13:56 +3 Danjel Purifoy made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by J'Von McCormick 45-52
13:28 +2 Dru Smith made layup 45-54
13:11   Samir Doughty missed layup, blocked by Reed Nikko  
13:09   Defensive rebound by Mitchell Smith  
13:04   Offensive foul on Xavier Pinson  
13:04   Turnover on Xavier Pinson  
12:50   Personal foul on Mitchell Smith  
12:50   J'Von McCormick missed free throw  
12:50   Defensive rebound by Javon Pickett  
12:25   Personal foul on Samir Doughty  
12:21   Personal foul on J'Von McCormick  
12:12   Dru Smith missed layup  
12:10   Defensive rebound by Allen Flanigan  
12:05   Devan Cambridge missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:03   Defensive rebound by Kobe Brown  
11:42   Kobe Brown missed jump shot  
11:40   Defensive rebound by Devan Cambridge  
11:29   Shooting foul on Parker Braun  
11:29   Commercial timeout called  
11:29   Austin Wiley missed 1st of 2 free throws  
11:29 +1 Austin Wiley made 2nd of 2 free throws 46-54
11:15 +2 Reed Nikko made dunk, assist by Kobe Brown 46-56
10:53   Danjel Purifoy missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:51   Defensive rebound by Javon Pickett  
10:21   Dru Smith missed jump shot  
10:19   Defensive rebound by Danjel Purifoy  
10:05   Samir Doughty missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:03   Defensive rebound by Kobe Brown  
10:01   Personal foul on Devan Cambridge  
10:01   Flagrant foul on Devan Cambridge  
10:01   Unsportsmanlike technical foul on Auburn  
10:01 +1 Dru Smith made 1st of 2 free throws 46-57
10:01 +1 Javon Pickett made 1st of 2 free throws 46-57
10:01   Javon Pickett missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
10:01   Offensive rebound by Missouri  
10:01 +1 Dru Smith made 1st of 2 free throws 46-58
10:01 +1 Dru Smith made 2nd of 2 free throws 46-59
9:47   Personal foul on Austin Wiley  
9:43 +3 Torrence Watson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dru Smith 46-62
9:21   Shooting foul on Kobe Brown  
9:21   Allen Flanigan missed 1st of 2 free throws  
9:21 +1 Allen Flanigan made 2nd of 2 free throws 47-62
9:21 +1 Allen Flanigan made 2nd of 2 free throws 47-62
9:05   Personal foul on Anfernee McLemore  
9:05 +1 Kobe Brown made 1st of 2 free throws 47-63
9:05 +1 Kobe Brown made 2nd of 2 free throws 47-64
8:54 +2 Austin Wiley made layup, assist by Allen Flanigan 49-64
8:27 +2 Parker Braun made dunk 49-66
8:21   Unsportsmanlike technical foul on Missouri  
8:21 +1 Samir Doughty made free throw 50-66
8:11 +2 Austin Wiley made dunk, assist by Allen Flanigan 52-66
7:52   Personal foul on J'Von McCormick  
7:52   Commercial timeout called  
7:52   Unsportsmanlike technical foul on Auburn  
7:52 +1 Dru Smith made 1st of 2 free throws 52-67
7:52 +1 Dru Smith made 2nd of 2 free throws 52-68
7:52   Mitchell Smith missed free throw  
7:52   Defensive rebound by Jamal Johnson  
7:37 +2 Austin Wiley made dunk, assist by Samir Doughty 54-68
7:28   Personal foul on Jamal Johnson  
7:28