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Wiley, No. 8 Auburn top UNC Asheville 67-41

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Auburn still put up big numbers against UNC Asheville. They just came on defense.

Austin Wiley scored 14 points, Samir Doughty added 13 and the eighth-ranked Tigers had a season low in points but managed an easy 67-41 victory over UNC Asheville on Tuesday night.

The Tigers (7-1) forced 25 turnovers, including 13 steals, and blocked 12 shots to overcome their offensive struggles.

''The only thing we really did well was on the defensive end,'' Wiley said. ''Offensively, we were kind of slow and missed shots ... but I'm really proud of how we played defense tonight.''

The Bulldogs (1-7) managed to slow down an offense that came in averaging 89 points, but they couldn't score much either.

Wiley was 5 of 7 from the field and blocked five shots. Malik Dunbar helped spark the Tigers off the bench with eight points, seven rebounds and five steals.

UNC Asheville was led by Luke Lawson's nine points off the bench on 3-of-4 3-point shooting. Leading scorer DeVon Baker struggled his way to four points, 11 below his season average. He made 2 of 10 shots and committed nine turnovers.

''Any time you can hold the No. 8 team in the country to 67 points, you've done a decent job,'' Bulldogs coach Mike Morrell said, adding that a low-scoring game ''was the only chance we had.''

The Tigers heated up a bit in the second half, making 13 of 21 shots (61.9 percent), and they didn't do anything to diminish a nation's-best 26.4-point average victory margin. Their previous season low was 72 points against No. 3 Duke, Auburn's only loss.

None of Auburn's top threats had big games. Leading scorer Bryce Brown had seven points on 3-of-9 shooting. Jared Harper had nine points and five assists but also an uncharacteristic four turnovers.

A late 3-pointer gave Chuma Okeke seven points to go with five assists.

The Tigers did have a couple of dominant bursts. They scored 12 straight early in the first half and built a commanding lead with a 15-0 run in the second half. That run was capped by Horace Spencer's alley-oop dunk and his subsequent steal and layup to push the lead to 30.

Auburn coach Bruce Pearl cautioned his team afterward about playing down to the opponent's level.

''I think they did it a little bit tonight, but the thing they (did) do is they always guarded,'' Pearl said. ''They always guarded and rebounded and gave great effort on the defensive end but offensively, we weren't as sharp. We weren't as precise.''

BIG PICTURE

UNC Asheville: Has dropped seven in a row since an opening win over St. Andrews. The Bulldogs won 70-69 on their last trip to Auburn in 2010. They didn't attempt a free throw in the first 30 minutes and made 14 of 45 shots (31.1 percent).

Auburn: Started 2-of-8 shooting with three turnovers and was tied nearly six minutes into the game. The Tigers made just 10 of 27 shots (37 percent) en route to a 33-18 halftime lead.

TURNOVERS GALORE

UNC Asheville, which starts four freshmen, wasn't the only team that committed too many turnovers. Auburn had 19 turnovers, but also forced 13 steals on defense.

HE SAID IT

Pearl: ''We're going to have to play much tougher against Dayton, because they're going to come here and hit us in the mouth.''

UP NEXT

UNC Asheville hosts Western Carolina on Saturday.

Auburn ends a three-game homestand Saturday night against Dayton.

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Key Players
D. Baker
20 G
J. Harper
1 G
34.3 Min. Per Game 34.3
15.0 Pts. Per Game 15.0
7.5 Ast. Per Game 7.5
3.7 Reb. Per Game 3.7
17.4 Field Goal % 37.8
0.0 Three Point % 43.1
25.0 Free Throw % 88.2
  Offensive rebound by Cameron Woodyard 15.0
  Luke Lawson missed 3-pt. jump shot 17.0
  Turnover on Myles Parker 26.0
  Offensive foul on Myles Parker 26.0
  Turnover on Jeremy Peck 43.0
  Offensive foul on Jeremy Peck 43.0
  Defensive rebound by Luke Lawson 58.0
  Will Macoy missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:00
  Turnover on Luke Lawson 1:12
  Offensive rebound by UNC-Asheville 1:14
  Cress Worthy missed layup, blocked by Will Macoy 1:16
Team Stats
Points 41 67
Field Goals 14-45 (31.1%) 23-48 (47.9%)
3-Pointers 7-19 (36.8%) 9-25 (36.0%)
Free Throws 6-8 (75.0%) 12-18 (66.7%)
Total Rebounds 27 32
Offensive 3 7
Defensive 19 23
Team 5 2
Assists 8 19
Steals 5 13
Blocks 0 12
Turnovers 25 19
Fouls 15 16
Technicals 0 0
9 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST
14 PTS, 4 REB
12T
away team logo UNC-Asheville 1-7 182341
home team logo 8 Auburn 7-1 333467
Team Stats
away team logo UNC-Asheville 1-7 58.9 PPG 32.7 RPG 11.0 APG
home team logo 8 Auburn 7-1 83.8 PPG 41.8 RPG 16.1 APG
Key Players
14
L. Lawson F 2.8 PPG 2.1 RPG 0.7 APG 32.8 FG%
50
A. Wiley C 10.8 PPG 6.1 RPG 0.1 APG 58.1 FG%
Top Scorers
L. Lawson F 9 PTS 3 REB 1 AST
A. Wiley C 14 PTS 4 REB 0 AST
31.1 FG% 47.9
36.8 3PT FG% 36.0
75.0 FT% 66.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Jude 8 2 0 2/5 2/4 2/2 2 24 0 0 0 0 2
J. Peck 6 3 2 3/4 0/0 0/0 1 25 0 0 3 0 3
T. Jones 5 1 1 1/10 1/4 2/4 1 34 2 0 3 0 1
D. Baker 4 2 3 2/10 0/4 0/0 0 29 1 0 9 1 1
C. Worthy 2 3 1 1/7 0/0 0/0 3 33 1 0 4 1 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Jude 8 2 0 2/5 2/4 2/2 2 24 0 0 0 0 2
J. Peck 6 3 2 3/4 0/0 0/0 1 25 0 0 3 0 3
T. Jones 5 1 1 1/10 1/4 2/4 1 34 2 0 3 0 1
D. Baker 4 2 3 2/10 0/4 0/0 0 29 1 0 9 1 1
C. Worthy 2 3 1 1/7 0/0 0/0 3 33 1 0 4 1 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Lawson 9 3 1 3/5 3/5 0/0 2 16 0 0 2 0 3
D. Heath 3 0 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0
D. Gilmore 2 4 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 3 12 0 0 1 0 4
J. Seegars 2 3 0 0/2 0/1 2/2 2 19 1 0 3 0 3
C. Woodyard 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
S. Edoka 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
J. Levitch - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Townsend - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Batts Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Thorpe - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 41 22 8 14/45 7/19 6/8 15 200 5 0 25 3 19
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Doughty 13 6 2 4/7 2/5 3/4 2 25 2 0 2 1 5
J. Harper 9 1 5 2/6 2/5 3/3 1 30 0 0 4 0 1
B. Brown 7 2 4 3/9 1/6 0/0 2 29 2 0 1 0 2
C. Okeke 7 7 5 2/5 2/3 1/2 1 25 0 2 2 3 4
A. McLemore 5 2 0 2/5 0/1 1/2 3 19 3 3 3 1 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Doughty 13 6 2 4/7 2/5 3/4 2 25 2 0 2 1 5
J. Harper 9 1 5 2/6 2/5 3/3 1 30 0 0 4 0 1
B. Brown 7 2 4 3/9 1/6 0/0 2 29 2 0 1 0 2
C. Okeke 7 7 5 2/5 2/3 1/2 1 25 0 2 2 3 4
A. McLemore 5 2 0 2/5 0/1 1/2 3 19 3 3 3 1 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Wiley 14 4 0 5/7 0/0 4/5 1 18 0 5 2 1 3
M. Dunbar 8 7 1 3/4 2/3 0/2 1 25 5 0 2 1 6
H. Spencer 4 1 2 2/2 0/0 0/0 3 11 1 1 2 0 1
C. Blackstock 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
W. Macoy 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0
D. Williams 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
T. Collier 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
M. Parker 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 2 6 0 0 1 0 0
C. Maasdorp 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
P. Cook 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
D. Purifoy - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. McCormick - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 67 30 19 23/48 9/25 12/18 16 200 13 12 19 7 23