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Auburn runs past Indiana State 83-64

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said his team was ready to focus on basketball after a troubling offseason of suspensions and inquiries. The Tigers showed that at the Charleston Classic on Thursday.

Bryce Brown scored 15 points while DeSean Murray added 14 points and 12 rebounds as Auburn ran away from Indiana State in an 83-64 victory and, for a change, got to celebrate its play instead of face questions about the state of the program.

''I think kids were dying to play some basketball,'' Pearl said.

That was evident early as Auburn (2-0) used runs of 10-0 and 21-6 in the opening half to put away the Sycamores (1-1), who came in off a shocker as they routed Indiana at Assembly Hall 90-69 last Friday night. Auburn did not let them get going in this one as Murray and Brown took control.

Chuma Okeke and Mustapha Heron each had 11 points for Auburn.

It was a welcome result for Auburn, which has spent more time this offseason gaining attention for its role in the federal college corruption scandal. Former Tigers assistant coach Chuck Person was indicted by a federal grand jury and fired by Auburn. The school has also indefinitely suspended players Danjel Purifoy and Austin Wiley. This week, two staffers in special assistant Jordan VerHulst and video coordinator Frankie Sullivan were placed on indefinite leave due to what the school said was its ''ongoing investigation into the men's basketball program.''

Murray said it's been difficult at times to keep outside issues on the outside. ''We're not letting the outside get to us,'' Murray said. ''We're going to stick together as a family.''

Jordan Barnes, who had 24 points in the win over Indiana, had 19 points off four 3-pointers to lead Indiana State.

Sycamores coach Greg Lansing was disappointed by his team's lack of effort. He thought they prepared well leading into the tournament and did not show evidence that their big win over Indiana might linger into this one. ''But kids can fool you,'' he said.

Auburn will play Temple on Friday for a spot in Sunday's championship game. Indiana State will play the Old Dominion.

THE TAKEAWAY

Auburn: The Tigers' speed overwhelmed Indiana State early. Auburn's guards continually drove the lane against the slower, smaller Sycamores. The up-tempo style could help the Tigers compete in what's expected to be a deep, strong Southeastern Conference this year.

Indiana State: Too much Indiana celebrating? Who knows, but the Sycamores were clearly not ready for what Auburn had going early on. Even if the score didn't reflect it, Indiana State shot, rebounded and played better defense in the second half after falling behind big in the first.

PEARLS OF WISDOM

Pearl said there's a chance - he didn't know when - that Purifoy and Wiley could return from suspension. He said the two players are staying in shape and preparing for when eligibility is restores. Pearl said the process of reviewing the program, as Auburn is doing, is a necessary one.

TECH TIME

Auburn picked up three technical fouls for taunting Indiana State. Murray got one in the opening half while Heron and Malik Dunbar were also called for their actions. Barnes was whistled for a tech for Indiana State.

BAD SHOOTING

Indiana State, which shot nearly 60 percent in taking down Indiana, went cold against Auburn. The Sycamores hit just 7 of 26 shots (26.9 percent) in the first 20 minutes. Take away Barnes' four first-half buckets and that showing drops to 3 of 19 for the rest of Indiana State. Brenton Scott, who scored 24 points against the Hoosiers, missed all three.

UP NEXT

Auburn will play Temple on Friday.

Indiana State will play Old Dominion on Friday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Demonte Ojinnaka 17.0
  Malik Dunbar missed 3-pt. jump shot 19.0
+ 2 Daniel Huenermann made jump shot 32.0
  Bad pass turnover on Devontae Williams, stolen by Clayton Hughes 45.0
  Defensive rebound by Patrick Keim 1:00
  Daniel Huenermann missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:02
  Defensive rebound by Matt Deady 1:14
  Malik Dunbar missed 2nd of 2 free throws 1:14
+ 1 Malik Dunbar made 1st of 2 free throws 1:14
  Personal foul on Demonte Ojinnaka 1:14
+ 1 Tyreke Key made free throw 1:35
Team Stats
Points 83 64
Field Goals 27-64 (42.2%) 17-56 (30.4%)
3-Pointers 6-20 (30.0%) 6-20 (30.0%)
Free Throws 23-31 (74.2%) 24-30 (80.0%)
Total Rebounds 45 37
Offensive 11 7
Defensive 32 23
Team 2 7
Assists 16 12
Steals 9 7
Blocks 9 4
Turnovers 15 21
Fouls 28 21
Technicals 3 1
15 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST
19 PTS, 2 REB
12T
away team logo Auburn 2-0 483583
home team logo Indiana State 1-1 273764
Team Stats
away team logo Auburn 2-0 79.7 PPG 37.1 RPG 14.3 APG
home team logo Indiana State 1-1 69.2 PPG 35.6 RPG 11.0 APG
Key Players
2
B. Brown G 15.9 PPG 2.1 RPG 1.9 APG 43.7 FG%
2
J. Barnes G 14.6 PPG 4.1 RPG 3.2 APG 37.5 FG%
Top Scorers
B. Brown G 15 PTS 2 REB 2 AST
J. Barnes G 19 PTS 2 REB 0 AST
42.2 FG% 30.4
30.0 3PT FG% 30.0
74.2 FT% 80.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Brown 15 2 2 5/14 0/7 5/6 1 30 0 1 2 0 2
D. Murray 14 12 2 4/6 2/2 4/4 3 24 1 2 4 4 8
M. Heron 11 6 1 3/12 1/3 4/6 3 25 1 0 2 1 5
J. Harper 9 1 7 3/10 1/3 2/4 1 30 0 0 1 0 1
H. Spencer 4 9 0 2/2 0/0 0/0 3 21 3 3 2 3 6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Brown 15 2 2 5/14 0/7 5/6 1 30 0 1 2 0 2
D. Murray 14 12 2 4/6 2/2 4/4 3 24 1 2 4 4 8
M. Heron 11 6 1 3/12 1/3 4/6 3 25 1 0 2 1 5
J. Harper 9 1 7 3/10 1/3 2/4 1 30 0 0 1 0 1
H. Spencer 4 9 0 2/2 0/0 0/0 3 21 3 3 2 3 6
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Okeke 11 6 1 4/11 2/3 1/2 4 19 3 1 0 2 4
A. McLemore 9 3 0 4/5 0/0 1/1 4 13 1 2 1 0 3
M. Dunbar 7 0 0 2/4 0/2 3/4 4 10 0 0 0 0 0
D. Mitchell 3 2 3 0/0 0/0 3/4 4 21 0 0 2 0 2
P. Keim 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
C. Blackstock 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
W. Macoy 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 3 0 0 0 1 0
D. Williams 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
D. Purifoy - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Wiley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Easterling - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Collier - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 83 43 16 27/64 6/20 23/31 28 200 9 9 15 11 32
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Barnes 19 2 0 5/12 4/6 5/5 4 29 0 0 4 1 1
Q. Davis 11 5 1 3/9 1/4 4/5 3 22 3 0 4 1 4
B. Scott 3 1 2 0/6 0/3 3/6 1 27 2 0 3 1 0
B. Murphy 2 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 10 0 0 1 0 0
D. Thomas 2 4 2 0/2 0/0 2/2 1 21 0 0 6 0 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Barnes 19 2 0 5/12 4/6 5/5 4 29 0 0 4 1 1
Q. Davis 11 5 1 3/9 1/4 4/5 3 22 3 0 4 1 4
B. Scott 3 1 2 0/6 0/3 3/6 1 27 2 0 3 1 0
B. Murphy 2 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 10 0 0 1 0 0
D. Thomas 2 4 2 0/2 0/0 2/2 1 21 0 0 6 0 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Key 11 2 3 4/11 0/1 3/3 1 22 0 0 1 0 2
E. Rickman 7 11 2 2/5 0/0 3/5 4 22 0 3 0 4 7
C. Hughes 4 0 0 0/2 0/1 4/4 1 13 2 1 1 0 0
D. Ojinnaka 3 2 1 1/4 1/3 0/0 3 15 0 0 0 0 2
D. Huenermann 2 0 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
B. Kessinger 0 2 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 2 16 0 0 1 0 2
M. Deady 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
T. Knight III - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Claycomb - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Neese - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Martin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 64 30 12 17/56 6/20 24/30 21 200 7 4 21 7 23