Auburn loses in OT on buzzer-beater from Missouri, 86-83

Mustapha Heron (5) Auburn men's basketball vs Missouri on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 in Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Wade Rackley/Auburn Athletics

By TERESA M. WALKER
AP Sports Writer
    
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Kevin Puryear hit a 3-pointer just before the buzzer, and Missouri rallied to beat Auburn 86-83 in overtime Wednesday night at the Southeastern Conference Tournament to keep coach Kim Anderson working at least one game longer.

The 14th-seeded Tigers (8-23) snapped a six-game skid by rallying from 10 points down in the final five minutes of regulation, including hitting back-to-back 3s within the final 17 seconds to force overtime. They came away with their first win since Feb. 11 to advance to Thursday and a game against sixth-seeded Mississippi.

T.J. Dunans hit only one free throw for Auburn with 1:36 left, then missed a layup with 29 seconds left with the game tied at 83. Missouri took a timeout with 15.3 seconds left to setup the final shot, and Puryear knocked down the shot before running to mid-court to celebrate.

Auburn (18-14) missed its final four shots of overtime.

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