AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn tied an SEC record with 21 made 3-pointers en route to a 117-52 victory over Coastal Carolina in Auburn Arena on Thursday. Freshman Danjel Purifoy scored a career-high 27 points for the second consecutive game and grabbed seven rebounds to lead five Tigers in double figures.
Freshman Mustapha Heron added 17 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two steals while Jared Harper scored 16 points on a career-high tying 5-of-6 treys and dished out a career-high seven assists. Ronnie Johnson added 11 points and T.J. Dunans 10 points and five assists, both off the bench.
Auburn’s 117 points scored tied for the fifth most in school history. The 21 made 3s ties the SEC record set by Kentucky in 1990 and Arkansas in 1997.
“That’s the best we’ve played offensively together, and we got a lot of good looks,” Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl said. “We spread the floor, and we were hard to guard because of how we shot it, and spread it.”
The Tigers shot well early as Harper hit his first three shots and gave Auburn a 15-5 lead with 16:09 remaining in the first half. Leading 25-22, Auburn went on a 23-0 run, finishing the half on a 31-5 run over the last 6:34 to lead 56-27 behind Purifoy’s 17 points.
“I thought it really started on the defensive end, because the last couple of games, we have not been cohesive defensively, we have not been protecting each other,” said Pearl. “I thought tonight we got in the gaps, we showed some help, we rotated, and it was good defensively. We played better together, and I think it definitely translated to the offensive end.”
Auburn (7-2) shot 55.6 percent from the floor and 50 percent from 3-point range. Nine Tigers contributed to Auburn’s 21-of-42 from behind the arc. The Tigers Coastal Carolina (5-7) to 32 percent shooting on the night, forcing 16 turnovers. Elijah Wilson led Coastal with 22 points while Jaylan Robertson added 12.
The Tigers dominated the second half, outscoring Coastal Carolina 61-45 and shooting 57 percent from the field.
Auburn led by as much as 52 points at 117-65 with 1:18 to play.
Auburn will play host t0 Mercer on Sunday at noon in the final non-conference home game of the season on the SEC Network.
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