AUBURN, Ala. – This time the Auburn Tigers survived a record-setting 3-point barrage in their latest foray into overtime.
Austin Wiley had 18 points, a career-high 17 rebounds and five blocked shots and No. 11 Auburn continued to live on the edge, beating rival Alabama 95-91 Wednesday night in overtime.
The Tigers (22-2, 9-2 Southeastern Conference) picked up their fourth overtime win of the last five games to remain in a first-place tie with No. 12 Kentucky and No. 25 LSU. They did it even though Alabama (13-11, 5-6) set SEC marks with 22 3-pointers and 59 attempts (37.3%).
The attempts were the most by a major conference team all-time according to STATS LLC.
“Normally teams don't win giving up 22 3s,” Auburn guard Samir Doughty said.
The Tigers scored the first eight points of overtime and held on for redemption from an earlier 19-point loss to the Tide that was Auburn's first defeat.
“The first one was like a hit in the mouth,” Wiley said. “I feel like we got better because of that."
J'Von McCormick, who hit the game-winner and three big 3-pointers in an overtime win over LSU, made two free throws with 18 seconds left.