Ok.D. Johnson scored 15 factors, Zep Jasper added 13 and No. 21 Auburn rallied to beat South Florida 58-52 on Friday evening.
Jabari Smith hit a 3-pointer 10 minutes into the second half throughout a 15-0 stretch that gave Auburn (3-0) its first lead at 42-40. It was the third made 3-pointer by Auburn in 21 tries to that time.
Jaylin Williams and Devan Cambridge had consecutive slams to begin the run with USF main 40-31. Johnson had two layups, together with one after a nifty steal, that helped the Tigers go up 46-40.
“Ok.D. is necessary to us,” Auburn coach Bruce Pearl stated. “Ok.D. has received the power to do issues in opposition to the perfect gamers on our schedule. He is received that stage, and we wanted a few of that tonight. I need increasingly from him because the season goes on. He is a harmful man on the market.”
Caleb Murphy scored 19 factors and Javon Greene added 15 for South Florida (2-2), which was coming off a 56-54 comeback win over North Carolina A&T on Monday.
“I assumed it was going to be a battle,” USF coach Brian Gregory stated. “I assumed if we went on the market and performed with some struggle, which I assumed we did, we would be able to compete and we proved that we may try this. We’re simply not fairly ok but to win that recreation.”
Smith, a standout freshman coming off his first profession double-double in a win over Louisiana-Monroe on Nov. 12, had 9 factors and 10 rebounds.
“Jabari is such a proficient participant,” Pearl stated. “He lets the sport come to him. He isn’t afraid of the second.”
Greene hit a 3 to tug USF inside 55-52 with 2:30 remaining, however Sam Hines Jr. missed two free throws within the remaining minute.
Jasper made it 57-52 by making a pair of free throws with 32 seconds left.
Murphy had 11 factors as USF took a 33-26 halftime lead.
The Bulls scored the primary 9 factors and led 25-10 earlier than Auburn put collectively a 10-0 run.
Auburn had 5 of its 9 first-half turnovers within the opening 5 minutes and was scoreless till Johnson related on a 3 with 14:43 left.
Auburn: The Tigers had been behind at halftime for a second straight recreation. Auburn trailed Louisiana-Monroe by two however ended up successful 93-65.
“It wasn’t about chewing them out,” Pearl stated about his speak in the course of the break. “We talked about issues that we thought may very well be open offensively and we did a bit of bit higher job with that within the second half.”
USF: The Bulls are constructing consistency with a roster that had numerous offseason turnover. USF added 10 new gamers, with eight transfers and two freshmen. The seven Division-I transfers and eight complete transfers are tied for essentially the most this season amongst D-I groups.
“Every recreation we play we really feel higher and extra comfy,” Greene stated.
Auburn ended up 5 for 26 (19.2%) from 3-point vary. Auburn outscored USF 19-4 in fast-break factors.
WE’LL BE BACK
The sport was performed off the USF campus in downtown Tampa at Amalie Area. Auburn will return there in March for the Southeastern Convention match.
Auburn: Opens play on the Battle 4 Atlantis within the Bahamas Wednesday in opposition to No. 23 UConn.
USF: Hosts Hampton on Wednesday evening.