The students are on break but The Jungle rocked nonetheless, responding to Bruce Pearl’s frequent exhortations in Auburn’s 89-64 win Saturday over UConn at Auburn Arena, the Tigers’ ninth consecutive victory.
Desean Murray and Mustapha Heron each scored 13 points to lead five Tigers in double figures. Malik Dunbar scored 12, Jared Hvarper scored 11 and Davion Mitchell added 10.
Horace added nine points, 10 rebounds, three blocks and two steals in 19 minutes.
Dunbar’s trio of 3-pointers highlighted a 16-0 run as Auburn continued a season-long trend of starting fast.
Murray gave Auburn a 10-point lead, scoring in the lane over larger defenders to put Auburn up 17-7.
After Harper’s 3-pointer, Pearl turned to the crowd, raising his arms to encourage an increase in noise level.
Dunbar’s third 3 put Auburn up 23-7. Harper’s assist to Heron for a dunk made it 30-13. Spencer hit back-to-back buckets to extend the lead to 21.
Auburn survived a 4-minute scoring drought, with Harper’s deep 3 with 9 seconds left putting Auburn up 47-24, matching its largest lead of the half.
After maintained momentum in the second half, with Harper’s even longer 3 extending the lead to 27.
Spencer’s offensive rebound and slam put Auburn up 62-33. Davion Mitchell’s 3-pointer with 13:14 remaining pushed Auburn’s lead to 34 at 64-33.
Auburn improves to 11-1 for the first time since starting 16-1 in 1999-2000. The Tigers are off until next Saturday, when Auburn hosts Cornell at 2:30 p.m. in the final game before SEC play.