AUBURN – Three Tigers scored career-highs behind TJ Lang’s 21 points, Jordon Granger’s first career double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds and Horace Spencer’s nine points as Auburn defeated Georgia 84-81 in Auburn Arena on Wednesday.
“It is pretty special for Jordon Granger to get his first career double-double of his career against the rival Georgia,” said Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl. “Particularly on a night where we didn’t have Tyler Harris and Jordon had to go back and play his old spot, the four.
“He is probably better at it, but because we have been so banged up in the backcourt all year long, he has had to play the three. He is pretty good at the four. That is the position he trained for all summer. We turned a negative into a positive there.”
T.J. Dunans added 12 points, a career-high seven assists with only one turnover and four rebounds. Spencer had a career-high eight rebounds and Granger made a career-high four 3-pointers on seven attempts.
Auburn, which never trailed, used a 17-3 run in just over six minutes to take its largest lead at 37-18 with 1:59 left. Auburn’s 39-23 halftime lead was its largest since 2013 when it led Arkansas-Pine Bluff by 28 and its largest in an SEC game since leading LSU 36-19 on Feb. 27, 2010.
The Bulldogs couldn’t get closer than eight points in the second half until a Kenny Gaines dunk cut the Tigers’ lead to 69-63 with 3:59 to play. A Gaines 3 cut it to 74-68 but Auburn went 10-of-12 from the foul line in the final 41 seconds to keep the Bulldogs at bay. Gaines finished with 23 points on 6-of-12 treys.
J.J. Frazier, who had a game-high 29 points, trimmed Auburn’s lead to 82-81 on a 3-pointer with six seconds left. Bryce Brown, who had 12 points and a career-high six rebounds, made both foul shots with :04 remaining.
Frazier was fouled at midcourt with :02 to go and missed both free throws, the second on purpose, as Cinmeon Bowers’ rebound secured the Tigers’ second win in three games.
Auburn improved to 11-16, 5-10 in SEC play while Georgia lost its fourth in five games to drop to 14-12, 7-8 in the SEC.