scheduled tribe. LOUIS (AP) — Walter Kessler scored 19 points, caught nine rebounds and blocked four shots, and Wendell Greene Jr. and Jabari Smith scored 13 points, helping No. 13 Auburn beat St. Louis 74-70 to 13 points helped to overcome the shortfall. Saturday night.
KD Johnson hit a jump shot with nine seconds remaining to put Auburn (10-1) ahead 72-70, and Billikens forward Frances Okoro missed a pair of free throws with two seconds remaining.
Terrence Hargrove Jr. led St. Louis (8-4) with 17 points and Yuri Collins added 13 points, a career-high 12 rebounds and eight assists.
St. Louis were 60–47 with 9:13 remaining with a 9–0 run, during which Auburn’s coach Bruce Pearl was called in for a technical glitch. Auburn fought for their seventh straight win by outscoring St. Louis 27–10 for the rest of the competition.
Lior Berman hit 3 with 2:14 remaining to give Auburn the first lead as 13:26 remained in the first half.
Auburn took a 35-27 lead after beating St. Louis 26-13 in the final 10:42 of the first half. The Billikens did not score in the final 4:04. St. Louis responded with a 9-0 run of his own in the first 4:08 of the second half.
Auburn: Currently owns the second-longest winning streak among SEC teams—behind only No. 19 LSU, which beat Louisiana Tech 66-57 on Saturday night.
St. Louis: Despite being a player no taller than 6-foot-9, the Billickens outclassed the Tigers 46-27 and caught 19 offensive rebounds.
Pearl was back on the bench after serving a two-game suspension As part of the NCAA ruling against Auburn for unethical conduct involving a former affiliated head coach. … Forward Jaylin Williams returned after missing a contest with a turf toe on Tuesday night.
Auburn: Murray will host State on Wednesday.
St. Louis: facing Drake on Wednesday in Las Vegas.
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