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Harper, Auburn rally to beat rival Alabama 66-60

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Jared Harper finished both his drives and the game strong.

Auburn's 5-foot-11 point guard drove for two late layups and Chuma Okeke had 17 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Tigers to a 66-60 comeback victory over rival Alabama on Tuesday night.

''I was definitely looking to attack,'' Harper said. ''I feel like I missed some easy layups earlier in the game so I knew coming down the stretch I was going to have to finish it. It was on me, personally. I knew coming down the stretch I was able to get to the basket as always, so I went in thinking about just finishing it and I was able to make it.''

The Tigers (21-9, 10-7 Southeastern Conference) rallied from a 13-point second-half deficit to complete a season sweep of the Tide (17-13, 8-9), but this one had much more drama than the 21-point blowout at Auburn Arena.

Samir Doughty's 3-pointer gave Auburn a 60-55 lead, its largest of the game until the final seconds. Then Alabama's Herbert Jones answered with a layup and delivered a pass to Tevin Mack in the corner for a tying 3-pointer, making it 60-60 with 1:40 to play.

The Tide couldn't score again.

Harper darted to the basket for a layup and another Auburn lead with 1:09 left. Kira Lewis Jr. lost his balance and the ball on a drive and Harper dribbled away most of the clock before once again heading for the basket with 18 seconds left. Doughty intercepted a pass and made two free throws with 13 seconds left.

''Kira got downhill pretty much single coverage and it looked like he slipped and just came up empty,'' Alabama coach Avery Johnson said.

Harper, who scored 16, and Okeke both produced 11 points in the second half to lead the Tigers' rally. Okeke matched his career-high of 14 rebounds. Auburn staged the come-from-behind win, its third victory in a row, despite an off night from leading scorer Bryce Brown. Brown was just 2 of 10, all from 3-point range, for seven points.

''Chuma Okeke was a huge difference in the game,'' Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said. ''Everything was kind of equal out there. We had Chuma and (Jared) and I thought those two were the best players on the floor tonight. That had a lot to do with our ability to win the game.''

Lewis led the Tide with 13 points while Jones scored 11 off the bench and Mack had 10. John Petty Jr. had eight points and nine rebounds.

Auburn wiped out a 13-point deficit with an 18-2 spurt that included two stolen inbounds passes. During that span, Alabama coach Avery Johnson said, ''We were just bad on both ends of the floor.''

J'Von McCormick's basket with 9:21 left gave Auburn its first lead since the opening minutes and Anfernee McLemore followed that with a dunk.

After Harper hit a layup, Okeke swiped an inbounds pass and quickly backed up for a 3-pointer from the corner.

''I just got in the passing lane and just shot the shot because I was open,'' Okeke said.

Alabama had led 36-23 after Petty hit a pair of free throws 30 seconds into the second half.

''We just didn't have a great second half,'' Johnson said. ''We've been that way a lot this season.''

BIG PICTURE

Alabama: Failed to finish off what would have been a big win for its NCAA Tournament hopes. Had won eight of the last nine meetings at Coleman Coliseum. Committed six turnovers in a 6:32 span during Auburn's second-half comeback and 19 overall.

Auburn: Has won three straight. Entered the game in a five-way tie for the SEC's No. 4 seed, which comes with a double bye in the league tournament. Had 22 points at the half, the team's lowest first-half total of the season.

UP NEXT

Auburn hosts No. 5 Tennessee on Saturday. The teams shared the SEC regular season title a year ago.

Alabama visits Arkansas in its regular season finale.

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Key Players
J. Harper
1 G
K. Lewis Jr.
2 G
31.8 Min. Per Game 31.8
14.0 Pts. Per Game 14.0
3.0 Ast. Per Game 3.0
2.5 Reb. Per Game 2.5
39.7 Field Goal % 43.5
38.4 Three Point % 36.6
81.4 Free Throw % 78.9
  Defensive rebound by Anfernee McLemore 5.0
  Tevin Mack missed 3-pt. jump shot 7.0
+ 1 Samir Doughty made 2nd of 2 free throws 13.0
+ 1 Samir Doughty made 1st of 2 free throws 13.0
  Personal foul on Herbert Jones 13.0
  Bad pass turnover on Kira Lewis Jr., stolen by Samir Doughty 16.0
+ 2 Jared Harper made layup 18.0
  Lost ball turnover on Kira Lewis Jr. 43.0
+ 2 Jared Harper made driving layup 1:09
+ 3 Tevin Mack made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Herbert Jones 1:40
  Defensive rebound by Tevin Mack 1:53
Team Stats
Points 66 60
Field Goals 24-60 (40.0%) 22-49 (44.9%)
3-Pointers 7-25 (28.0%) 5-19 (26.3%)
Free Throws 11-14 (78.6%) 11-16 (68.8%)
Total Rebounds 35 34
Offensive 11 7
Defensive 20 25
Team 4 2
Assists 8 10
Steals 11 7
Blocks 3 5
Turnovers 12 19
Fouls 14 16
Technicals 2 1
17 PTS, 14 REB, 3 AST
13 PTS, 4 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo Auburn 21-9 234366
home team logo Alabama 17-13 342660
Team Stats
away team logo Auburn 21-9 79.7 PPG 37.1 RPG 14.3 APG
home team logo Alabama 17-13 72.0 PPG 41.2 RPG 12.3 APG
Key Players
5
C. Okeke F 12.0 PPG 6.8 RPG 1.9 APG 49.6 FG%
2
K. Lewis Jr. G 13.5 PPG 2.6 RPG 2.9 APG 43.3 FG%
Top Scorers
C. Okeke F 17 PTS 14 REB 3 AST
K. Lewis Jr. G 13 PTS 4 REB 3 AST
40.0 FG% 44.9
28.0 3PT FG% 26.3
78.6 FT% 68.8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Okeke 17 14 3 6/11 1/1 4/4 1 32 1 1 2 7 7
J. Harper 16 2 1 6/13 1/4 3/5 3 36 3 0 2 0 2
B. Brown 7 1 1 2/10 2/10 1/2 2 30 1 0 2 0 1
S. Doughty 7 5 1 2/5 1/2 2/2 3 22 3 0 3 2 3
A. McLemore 5 2 1 2/7 1/4 0/0 2 24 1 2 2 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Okeke 17 14 3 6/11 1/1 4/4 1 32 1 1 2 7 7
J. Harper 16 2 1 6/13 1/4 3/5 3 36 3 0 2 0 2
B. Brown 7 1 1 2/10 2/10 1/2 2 30 1 0 2 0 1
S. Doughty 7 5 1 2/5 1/2 2/2 3 22 3 0 3 2 3
A. McLemore 5 2 1 2/7 1/4 0/0 2 24 1 2 2 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Dunbar 8 4 1 3/7 1/4 1/1 1 18 2 0 1 1 3
J. McCormick 4 0 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 1 14 0 0 0 0 0
H. Spencer 2 1 0 1/4 0/0 0/0 0 16 0 0 0 1 0
D. Purifoy 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 8 0 0 0 0 2
C. Blackstock - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Macoy - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Wiley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Collier - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Parker - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Maasdorp - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Cook - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 66 31 8 24/60 7/25 11/14 14 200 11 3 12 11 20
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Lewis Jr. 13 4 3 4/9 1/3 4/5 0 34 1 0 2 1 3
T. Mack 10 2 1 4/10 2/7 0/0 2 27 1 2 2 0 2
J. Petty 8 9 1 2/7 1/4 3/5 3 37 2 1 6 3 6
D. Ingram 5 1 1 2/3 0/0 1/2 1 11 0 0 1 0 1
D. Hall 4 8 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 2 34 0 1 1 0 8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Lewis Jr. 13 4 3 4/9 1/3 4/5 0 34 1 0 2 1 3
T. Mack 10 2 1 4/10 2/7 0/0 2 27 1 2 2 0 2
J. Petty 8 9 1 2/7 1/4 3/5 3 37 2 1 6 3 6
D. Ingram 5 1 1 2/3 0/0 1/2 1 11 0 0 1 0 1
D. Hall 4 8 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 2 34 0 1 1 0 8
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
H. Jones 11 3 3 5/8 0/0 1/2 4 25 3 0 4 0 3
R. Norris 7 2 0 3/7 1/4 0/0 3 16 0 0 1 2 0
A. Johnson Jr. 2 1 0 0/1 0/1 2/2 0 6 0 0 0 0 1
D. Giddens 0 2 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 7 0 1 1 1 1
G. Smith 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 1 0 0
L. Schaffer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Reese - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Barnes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Wood - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Davis-Fleming - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 60 32 10 22/49 5/19 11/16 16 200 7 5 19 7 25