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Brown gets 18, No. 12 Auburn routs North Florida 95-49

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) The Auburn Tigers collected steals, turnovers and fast-break points and generally just had a good time.

The 12th-ranked Tigers (11-2) turned a smothering defensive performance into a 95-49 victory over North Florida on Saturday while getting 18 points and five 3-pointers from Bryce Brown.

They forced 33 turnovers and racked up 20 steals in their final nonconference tuneup before Southeastern Conference play.

''We were just having fun,'' said Anfernee McLemore, who had four of those steals. ''Just paying attention, playing hard and just being out there playing with a lot of effort.''

Auburn converted those turnovers into 41 points, nearly matching the total output for North Florida (5-9). It was the most turnovers by an Auburn opponent in records dating back as far as 1991.

''I thought tonight from an overall standpoint of effort and energy, it was probably our best effort,'' Tigers coach Bruce Pearl said. ''When we play where we're alert and we're engaged, we've got a chance to be pretty good. I've had to coach effort and energy from this team more than I would like, but I think the kids can see the results.

''It's a good way to head into the holidays.''

Austin Wiley had 13 points and seven rebounds for Auburn, which had five players score in double figures. Jared Harper didn't quite join them but had nine points and 10 assists.

Chuma Okeke had 12 points and five steals while McLemore collected 11 points and eight rebounds off the bench. Malik Dunbar scored 11.

Noah Horchler and Ezekiel Balogun both scored 10 points to lead North Florida.

Ospreys coach Matthew Driscoll said he told Pearl one quality helps separate Auburn from other major conference teams they've faced.

''They are tenacious on the ball at every position, except for Wiley, but Wiley can guard his position because that guy's usually not handling it,'' Driscoll said. ''Because of that, they make it so hard to get into your offense. They make it so hard for you to get within 30 feet to start what you're trying to do.''

Auburn came out cold, but it didn't last long. The Tigers started 3-of-15 shooting and briefly fell behind after going more than five minutes without a basket in the first half. Wiley's layup and dunk triggered a 21-4 Auburn run highlighted by Brown's two 3-pointers and three free throws after he was fouled attempting another.

Auburn scored the final eight points of the half for a 45-23 lead.

''This was the weakest performance we've had all year,'' Driscoll said.

BIG PICTURE

North Florida: Fell to 0-23 all-time against Top 25 opponents, including losses in back-to-back games (No. 9 Florida State, 98-66). Committed 21 turnovers in the first half.

Auburn: Has gone a Southeastern Conference-best 34-5 in regular-season nonconference play the past three seasons. Had 39 points from the bench and committed just 13 turnovers.

SPENCER'S FIRST 3

The Tigers' bench erupted when senior forward Horace Spencer hit the first 3-pointer of his career in the second half. He had missed his first 13 attempts.

''It was exciting,'' McLemore said. ''I was in the gym a lot with him. He's been working hard. We've been giving him a hard time a little bit.''

UP NEXT

North Florida hosts Florida National on Wednesday night.

Auburn opens Southeastern Conference play at Mississippi on Jan. 9.

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Key Players
N. Horchler
0 F
J. Harper
1 G
33.8 Min. Per Game 33.8
15.4 Pts. Per Game 15.4
6.6 Ast. Per Game 6.6
3.2 Reb. Per Game 3.2
60.3 Field Goal % 39.0
25.0 Three Point % 41.2
52.6 Free Throw % 86.7
+ 1 Cole Blackstock made 2nd of 2 free throws 28.0
+ 1 Cole Blackstock made 1st of 2 free throws 28.0
  Personal foul on Brian Coffey II 28.0
  Offensive rebound by Auburn 26.0
  Chase Maasdorp missed layup 28.0
+ 2 Brian Coffey II made jump shot 1:02
  Offensive rebound by North Florida 1:05
  Brian Coffey II missed layup, blocked by Will Macoy 1:07
  Offensive rebound by Brian Coffey II 1:10
  Carter Hendricksen missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:12
  Defensive rebound by Cameron Copeland 1:29
Team Stats
Points 49 95
Field Goals 18-50 (36.0%) 34-72 (47.2%)
3-Pointers 6-26 (23.1%) 9-26 (34.6%)
Free Throws 7-9 (77.8%) 18-27 (66.7%)
Total Rebounds 33 39
Offensive 7 17
Defensive 19 18
Team 7 4
Assists 10 23
Steals 3 20
Blocks 5 7
Turnovers 33 13
Fouls 20 16
Technicals 0 0
10 PTS, 3 REB
18 PTS, 2 REB, 4 AST
12T
away team logo North Florida 5-9 232649
home team logo 12 Auburn 11-2 455095
Team Stats
away team logo North Florida 5-9 75.3 PPG 40.9 RPG 15.8 APG
home team logo 12 Auburn 11-2 79.5 PPG 37.3 RPG 14.4 APG
Key Players
0
N. Horchler F 16.0 PPG 9.3 RPG 1.3 APG 53.8 FG%
2
B. Brown G 15.7 PPG 2.0 RPG 1.9 APG 42.6 FG%
Top Scorers
N. Horchler F 10 PTS 7 REB 2 AST
B. Brown G 18 PTS 2 REB 4 AST
36.0 FG% 47.2
23.1 3PT FG% 34.6
77.8 FT% 66.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Horchler 10 7 2 4/5 0/0 2/2 3 23 1 2 5 1 6
I. Gandia-Rosa 9 0 2 3/4 3/4 0/0 1 23 0 0 3 0 0
J. Escobar 5 3 1 2/5 1/3 0/0 2 20 0 0 3 0 3
W. Aminu 5 1 0 2/5 0/0 1/2 5 19 1 1 5 0 1
G. Sams 0 3 2 0/3 0/2 0/0 2 20 0 1 5 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Horchler 10 7 2 4/5 0/0 2/2 3 23 1 2 5 1 6
I. Gandia-Rosa 9 0 2 3/4 3/4 0/0 1 23 0 0 3 0 0
J. Escobar 5 3 1 2/5 1/3 0/0 2 20 0 0 3 0 3
W. Aminu 5 1 0 2/5 0/0 1/2 5 19 1 1 5 0 1
G. Sams 0 3 2 0/3 0/2 0/0 2 20 0 1 5 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Balogun 10 3 0 4/4 2/2 0/0 1 9 1 0 0 2 1
B. Coffey II 4 2 0 2/8 0/3 0/0 2 18 0 0 8 1 1
T. Day 2 2 1 1/3 0/1 0/1 2 18 0 1 3 2 0
C. Copeland 2 1 1 0/6 0/4 2/2 0 18 0 0 0 0 1
C. Hendricksen 2 1 0 0/2 0/2 2/2 1 12 0 0 1 0 1
R. Burkhardt 0 3 1 0/5 0/5 0/0 1 20 0 0 0 1 2
E. Lambright - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Schach - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. James - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 49 26 10 18/50 6/26 7/9 20 200 3 5 33 7 19
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Brown 18 2 4 5/12 5/10 3/3 2 24 2 0 3 1 1
A. Wiley 13 7 0 6/11 0/0 1/2 3 13 1 2 1 4 3
C. Okeke 12 5 2 5/8 0/2 2/2 3 27 5 1 1 2 3
J. Harper 9 4 10 3/7 2/5 1/2 1 27 1 0 2 2 2
S. Doughty 4 2 0 2/4 0/0 0/0 1 14 0 0 1 2 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Brown 18 2 4 5/12 5/10 3/3 2 24 2 0 3 1 1
A. Wiley 13 7 0 6/11 0/0 1/2 3 13 1 2 1 4 3
C. Okeke 12 5 2 5/8 0/2 2/2 3 27 5 1 1 2 3
J. Harper 9 4 10 3/7 2/5 1/2 1 27 1 0 2 2 2
S. Doughty 4 2 0 2/4 0/0 0/0 1 14 0 0 1 2 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. McLemore 11 8 0 3/7 0/2 5/8 3 22 4 2 2 4 4
M. Dunbar 11 3 2 4/10 1/5 2/2 1 23 2 0 0 1 2
H. Spencer 6 2 0 2/4 1/2 1/2 1 14 1 0 2 1 1
J. McCormick 3 1 4 1/3 0/0 1/2 0 16 3 0 1 0 1
C. Blackstock 2 0 0 0/0 0/0 2/2 0 3 0 1 0 0 0
W. Macoy 2 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 1 1 0 0 0
D. Purifoy 2 1 1 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 8 0 0 0 0 1
M. Parker 2 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
T. Collier 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
C. Maasdorp 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
P. Cook 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
D. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 95 35 23 34/72 9/26 18/27 16 200 20 7 13 17 18