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Murray, McLemore lead Auburn past Gardner-Webb, 80-55

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Anfernee McLemore's forte is blocking shots, not hitting 3-pointers. This time he did both.

Desean Murray scored a season-high 20 points and McLemore finished with 17, mostly on rare 3s, to lead Auburn to an 80-55 victory over Gardner-Webb on Wednesday night.

McLemore also had 11 rebounds and six blocked shots for the Tigers (7-1), who have won five consecutive games for just the second time under coach Bruce Pearl. McLemore made all four of his 3-point attempts - after hitting just 1 of 8 attempts through the first seven games.

''He's not made four in practice in a row, but he's capable of it,'' Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said. ''We talked about the fact that that was a weapon we were going to work on.''

It certainly was effective in this game, which was one-sided from the outset.

Murray, who played against Gardner-Webb while at the Big South Conference's Presbyterian College, was 8-of-12 shooting and had seven rebounds. He had made just a pair of 3s coming into the game and was 3 of 4 against Gardner-Webb (3-7).

McLemore had eight points in the first five minutes, including back-to-back 3-pointers.

The SEC's top shot blocker punctuated the performance with an alley-oop from Jared Harper.

''In shoot around, I felt real good. I felt like my shot was on,'' McLemore said. ''So I decided to launch a couple up and they went in, so I just kept shooting.''

It was his second career double-double, both coming in the last three games.

David Efianayi led Gardner-Webb with 16 points on 5-of-14 shooting. Jaheam Cornwall scored 11.

Auburn jumped to a big lead early and kept expanding it even when Mustapha Heron left in the first half with a lower back injury. He had five points in nine minutes.

''His back just spasmed up on him,'' Pearl said. ''To win the game without him like that says something, too. I was concerned.''

The Tigers outrebounded the Runnin' Bulldogs 52-30 and collected 23 offensive boards.

Harper had 10 of Auburn's 19 assists.

''They have two post players that really hadn't made shots coming into the game with Murray and McLemore,'' Gardner-Webb coach Tim Craft said. ''Credit those guys, 7 of 8 from 3. We weren't expecting to have to deal with that.''

THE TAKEAWAY

Gardner-Webb: Couldn't match Auburn's size and athleticism. Made just 20 of 56 shots (35.7 percent). Was 6-of-22 from 3-point range (27.3 percent).

Auburn: Has started 7-1 for just the fourth time since 2000 and first since 2011. Built a 17-point lead over the first six minutes, starting 5 of 6 from 3-point range. Led 42-28 at halftime after making 9 of 18 3s. Awarded a scholarship to senior guard Patrick Keim before the game.

QUOTABLE: ''That's the best defensive effort from start to finish I think we've had in a long time. We jumped on them early and stayed on them.'' Pearl.

CRAFT'S RETURN: Gardner-Webb coach Tim Craft was an assistant coach at Auburn from 2008-10. This was the team's second meeting and first since 2005.

UP NEXT

Gardner-Webb: Visits another major conference team, Maryland, on Saturday.

Auburn: Hosts in-state team UAB on Saturday to conclude its season-long three-game home stand.

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Key Players
L. O'Reilly
B. Brown
33.3 Min. Per Game 33.3
13.3 Pts. Per Game 13.3
2.0 Ast. Per Game 2.0
2.3 Reb. Per Game 2.3
42.2 Field Goal % 28.8
44.6 Three Point % 26.2
63.6 Free Throw % 83.3
+ 2 Justin Jenkins made layup, assist by L'Hassane Niangane 16.0
  Offensive rebound by L'Hassane Niangane 19.0
  Nate Johnson missed 3-pt. jump shot 21.0
+ 2 Thomas Collier made layup 34.0
  Defensive rebound by Cole Blackstock 43.0
  Nate Johnson missed layup 45.0
  Defensive rebound by L'Hassane Niangane 54.0
  Will Macoy missed jump shot 56.0
  Defensive rebound by Brett Easterling 1:15
  Christian Turner missed 2nd of 2 free throws 1:15
+ 1 Christian Turner made 1st of 2 free throws 1:15
Team Stats
Points 55 80
Field Goals 20-56 (35.7%) 29-70 (41.4%)
3-Pointers 6-22 (27.3%) 13-32 (40.6%)
Free Throws 9-14 (64.3%) 9-15 (60.0%)
Total Rebounds 30 52
Offensive 6 22
Defensive 19 27
Team 5 3
Assists 9 19
Steals 11 12
Blocks 4 10
Turnovers 16 15
Fouls 13 13
Technicals 0 0
away team logo
11
D. Efianayi G
16 PTS, 6 REB, 1 AST
home team logo
13
D. Murray F
20 PTS, 7 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Gardner-Webb 3-7 282755
home team logo Auburn 7-1423880
Team Stats
away team logoGardner-Webb 3-7 73.5 PPG 39.3 RPG 13.5 APG
home team logoAuburn 7-1 87.1 PPG 45 RPG 15.2 APG
Key Players
11
D. Efianayi G 16.8 PPG 3.5 RPG 1.8 APG 44.1 FG%
13
D. Murray F 11.3 PPG 8.0 RPG 1.4 APG 54.3 FG%
Top Scorers
11
D. Efianayi G 16 PTS 6 REB 1 AST
13
D. Murray F 20 PTS 7 REB 1 AST
35.7 FG% 41.4
27.3 3PT FG% 40.6
64.3 FT% 60.0
Gardner-Webb
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Efianayi 29 16 6 1 3 1 1 0 5/14 0/4 6/8 1 5
D. Laster 20 9 5 1 0 0 1 1 4/12 0/2 1/2 2 3
L. O'Reilly 31 9 3 2 1 0 3 2 3/11 3/7 0/0 0 3
B. Miller 16 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 0
C. Turner 18 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 0/0 0/0 1/2 0 1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Efianayi 29 16 6 1 3 1 1 0 5/14 0/4 6/8 1 5
D. Laster 20 9 5 1 0 0 1 1 4/12 0/2 1/2 2 3
L. O'Reilly 31 9 3 2 1 0 3 2 3/11 3/7 0/0 0 3
B. Miller 16 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 0
C. Turner 18 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 0/0 0/0 1/2 0 1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Cornwall 23 11 2 1 3 0 1 3 4/9 3/6 0/0 0 2
P. Zeck 21 3 1 1 4 1 1 2 1/1 0/0 1/2 0 1
J. Jenkins 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 1
N. Johnson 9 2 1 0 0 0 3 0 1/4 0/2 0/0 0 1
L. Niangane 23 0 4 3 0 2 2 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 2
J. Robateau 7 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 0
E. Jamison - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Shirley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Hewitt - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Morgan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Truesdale - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 55 25 9 11 4 16 13 20/56 6/22 9/14 6 19
Auburn
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Murray 21 20 7 1 4 0 2 2 8/12 3/4 1/2 3 4
A. McLemore 20 17 11 2 0 6 0 0 6/9 4/4 1/2 6 5
B. Brown 28 6 5 2 2 0 3 0 2/13 2/8 0/0 2 3
J. Harper 27 5 5 10 1 0 3 0 2/7 1/4 0/2 3 2
M. Heron 9 5 1 0 1 0 0 0 1/2 1/1 2/2 0 1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Murray 21 20 7 1 4 0 2 2 8/12 3/4 1/2 3 4
A. McLemore 20 17 11 2 0 6 0 0 6/9 4/4 1/2 6 5
B. Brown 28 6 5 2 2 0 3 0 2/13 2/8 0/0 2 3
J. Harper 27 5 5 10 1 0 3 0 2/7 1/4 0/2 3 2
M. Heron 9 5 1 0 1 0 0 0 1/2 1/1 2/2 0 1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Mitchell 21 8 3 1 0 0 1 3 2/5 1/3 3/4 1 2
M. Dunbar 22 7 4 0 0 2 1 2 3/8 0/3 1/2 2 2
H. Spencer 18 5 5 1 3 2 3 1 2/3 0/0 1/1 2 3
C. Okeke 23 5 5 2 1 0 2 3 2/7 1/5 0/0 3 2
T. Collier 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 1
P. Keim 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
C. Blackstock 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1
W. Macoy 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 0
B. Easterling 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1
D. Purifoy - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Wiley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 80 49 19 12 10 15 13 29/70 13/32 9/15 22 27