AUBURN
9-1
75
TF 2
FINAL/OT
End
OT
CBSSN
Sat Dec. 15
7:30pm
BONUS
71
TF 3
ML: -3690
UAB 20, O/U 144
ML: +1918
AUBURN
UAB

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No. 8 Auburn outlasts UAB 75-71 in overtime

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Auburn and UAB aren't annual rivals on the hardwood. The energy inside Legacy Arena as a fight-to-the-finish matchup ensued said otherwise.

Jared Harper scored 23 of Auburn's last 30 points and finished with 31 to help the No. 8 Tigers outlast UAB 75-71 in overtime Saturday night in the Mike Slive Invitational.

In front of a crowd of 15,856, the budding in-state rivals raced to the overtime finish via the 3-point arc. After Harper scored 12 of the Tigers' last 15, UAB's Jeremiah Bell hit a pair of triples in the final 40 seconds, including a contested shot with 10 seconds left to send the contest to overtime. Bell finished with 13 points. Guard Jalen Perry led the Blazers (6-4) with 18 points on 6-for-13 shooting.

Chuma Okeke added 11 points for Auburn (9-1).

Harper took over in the overtime period, scoring or assisting on 25 of Auburn's final 32 points. That streak began midway through the second half when Harper converted on a coast-to-coast lay-in. The basket tied the game after UAB led by as many as seven in the half.

''We've got Jared Harper and they don't,'' Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said. ''That happens a lot of the time against a lot of people. We have him and they don't.''

UAB held the top-10 Tigers to 28 points in the opening period, which tied for their lowest scoring output of the season in a half (vs. Arizona, Nov. 21). The Blazers kept Auburn cool from beyond the arc, besides Harper, who scored all of eight of his first-half points in the final 1:03 of the half.

Trying to convey a message of control to his players, UAB coach Rob Ehsan said the team watched the movie ''Seabiscuit'' on Friday night to create a game plan.

''We talked about controlling the tempo throughout the game, control the tempo as much as we can,'' Ehsan said. ''We know how good they've been defensively.we didn't make enough plays in the last four minutes.''

BIG PICTURE

UAB

Saturday marked the 21st meeting in the series since UAB began playing basketball 40 years ago. Auburn leads 11-10. Pearl said postgame that the teams are in talks about possibly renewing a contract to play yearly.

AUBURN

Forward Danjel Purifoy played in his first game since March 8, 2017, after sitting out all last season due to eligibility concerns. After serving a nine-game suspension this year, he scored two points and had one rebound in seven minutes.

ALTERCATION

Midway through the second half, Pearl and UAB coach Rob Ehsan got into a shouting match near half-court and were both given technical fouls. Ehsan said, ''(Pearl) was getting frustrated with someone on our bench. That was kind of all I saw. But Coach Pearl and I have a good relationship.''

UP NEXT

Auburn: At North Carolina State on Wednesday night.

UAB: Hosts Alcorn State on Tuesday night.

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Key Players
J. Harper
1 G
Z. Bryant
1 G
30.3 Min. Per Game 30.3
12.9 Pts. Per Game 12.9
3.4 Ast. Per Game 3.4
3.0 Reb. Per Game 3.0
40.0 Field Goal % 38.7
43.5 Three Point % 25.6
92.3 Free Throw % 66.7
  Offensive rebound by Will Butler 0.0
  Zack Bryant missed 3-pt. jump shot 2.0
+ 1 Jared Harper made 2nd of 2 free throws 8.0
+ 1 Jared Harper made 1st of 2 free throws 8.0
  Personal foul on Jeremiah Bell 8.0
+ 2 Will Butler made dunk, assist by Zack Bryant 12.0
+ 1 Jared Harper made 2nd of 2 free throws 18.0
+ 1 Jared Harper made 1st of 2 free throws 18.0
  Personal foul on Jeremiah Bell 18.0
  Bad pass turnover on Zack Bryant 20.0
  Bad pass turnover on Jared Harper, stolen by Zack Bryant 24.0
Team Stats
Points 75 71
Field Goals 22-57 (38.6%) 28-63 (44.4%)
3-Pointers 4-22 (18.2%) 9-29 (31.0%)
Free Throws 27-34 (79.4%) 6-11 (54.5%)
Total Rebounds 40 39
Offensive 13 11
Defensive 25 24
Team 2 4
Assists 10 11
Steals 2 8
Blocks 7 3
Turnovers 10 11
Fouls 17 26
Technicals 1 1
31 PTS, 4 REB, 3 AST
18 PTS, 6 REB, 1 AST
12OTT
away team logo 8 Auburn 9-1 28351275
home team logo UAB 6-4 2736871
Team Stats
away team logo 8 Auburn 9-1 79.5 PPG 37.3 RPG 14.4 APG
home team logo UAB 6-4 70.6 PPG 39.8 RPG 11.5 APG
Key Players
1
J. Harper G 15.3 PPG 2.6 RPG 5.7 APG 39.8 FG%
21
J. Perry G 11.1 PPG 4.0 RPG 1.5 APG 40.8 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Harper G 31 PTS 4 REB 3 AST
J. Perry G 18 PTS 6 REB 1 AST
38.6 FG% 44.4
18.2 3PT FG% 31.0
79.4 FT% 54.5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Harper 31 4 3 7/19 2/6 15/16 2 41 0 0 1 0 4
C. Okeke 11 6 1 4/6 0/1 3/4 4 34 0 2 3 3 3
B. Brown 5 1 2 1/7 0/6 3/4 3 39 0 0 1 1 0
A. McLemore 5 5 0 2/3 1/2 0/0 0 24 0 1 1 1 4
S. Doughty 4 6 2 1/4 0/1 2/2 2 27 0 0 2 2 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Harper 31 4 3 7/19 2/6 15/16 2 41 0 0 1 0 4
C. Okeke 11 6 1 4/6 0/1 3/4 4 34 0 2 3 3 3
B. Brown 5 1 2 1/7 0/6 3/4 3 39 0 0 1 1 0
A. McLemore 5 5 0 2/3 1/2 0/0 0 24 0 1 1 1 4
S. Doughty 4 6 2 1/4 0/1 2/2 2 27 0 0 2 2 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
H. Spencer 6 5 0 2/3 0/1 2/4 1 13 0 0 1 5 0
A. Wiley 6 7 0 2/5 0/0 2/3 0 16 0 3 0 0 7
M. Dunbar 5 3 1 2/8 1/4 0/0 2 14 1 1 1 0 3
D. Purifoy 2 1 0 1/2 0/1 0/1 0 7 1 0 0 1 0
J. McCormick 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 10 0 0 0 0 0
C. Blackstock - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Macoy - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Collier - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Parker - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Maasdorp - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Cook - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 75 38 10 22/57 4/22 27/34 17 225 2 7 10 13 25
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Perry 18 6 1 6/13 4/8 2/4 2 42 3 0 1 1 5
Z. Bryant 13 10 5 5/15 1/8 2/5 4 41 3 0 4 2 8
L. Sullivan 11 7 1 5/10 1/5 0/0 4 36 0 0 1 2 5
M. Gueye 4 4 0 2/3 0/1 0/0 3 21 0 3 1 2 2
T. Scott-Grayson 4 2 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 3 9 0 0 2 1 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Perry 18 6 1 6/13 4/8 2/4 2 42 3 0 1 1 5
Z. Bryant 13 10 5 5/15 1/8 2/5 4 41 3 0 4 2 8
L. Sullivan 11 7 1 5/10 1/5 0/0 4 36 0 0 1 2 5
M. Gueye 4 4 0 2/3 0/1 0/0 3 21 0 3 1 2 2
T. Scott-Grayson 4 2 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 3 9 0 0 2 1 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Bell 13 1 3 5/13 3/7 0/0 5 34 1 0 2 0 1
T. Lovan 4 1 0 1/1 0/0 2/2 1 15 0 0 0 0 1
W. Butler 4 4 1 2/5 0/0 0/0 3 27 1 0 0 3 1
W. Bathurst - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Hurtado - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. McCoy - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Akabueze - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Bertain - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Sippial - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Pearson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 71 35 11 28/63 9/29 6/11 26 225 8 3 11 11 24