Auburn Overwhelms Alabama in The Jungle to Sweep Season Series
The Alabama Crimson Tide entered Auburn Arena coming off its best performance of the season on Saturday, but in what has now become characteristic fashion, the Tide was unable to string together a consecutive performance and fell to Auburn 100-81.
Despite shooting 38% from beyond the arc the Crimson Tide was unable to capitalize and contend with the nation's number one team.
Auburn took a 14-point led into the halftime locker room thanks to lackluster defense allowing 26 Tiger points in the paint. Potential 2022 NBA No. 1 overall pick Jabari Smith set the tone for the Auburn scoring 11-of-his-17 points in the first half and putting Alabama into foul trouble.
Alabama's squad came out of the locker room fighting and even cutting the Tigers' lead to just two points with 14:34 left to play thanks to big buckets by Jahvon Quinerly and Jaden Shackelford.
That was as close as the Tide would come to its second consecutive top-five win as the Auburn closed the game on a 43-26 run to run away with the victory. Not only did the Tigers continue is dominance in the paint, finishing with 52, but Auburn also managed a massive advantage from the free throw line. Auburn made 31-of-39 free throws while the Tide only converted 17-of-22.
Shackelford led Alabama offensively, scoring 26 points on 6-of-15 shooting and making 9-of-10 free throws. Quinerly chipped in 20 as well, scoring 16 in the second half.
The Tigers win keeps head coach Bruce Pearl's squad undefeated in conference play and secures a season sweep of the Crimson Tide.
The road gets no easier for Alabama as the Crimson Tide will welcome No. 5 Kentucky into Coleman Coliseum on Saturday.
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