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Bruce Pearl talks about Auburn's 14-point comeback to win their 5th SEC game

Basketball comes back from 14-down to get 5th SEC win

Auburn, Ala. (EETV) - No.17 Auburn overcomes at 14-point halftime deficit to take down visiting Georgia 79-65.

Bryce Brown led the Tiger comeback scoring 25 of his 28 points in the second half. 

"Bryce Brown has gone from one of the best defensive guards in the league to be one of the best guards in the league," Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl said. "That's a strong, strong statement."

The Tigers got out to a slow start shooting 25% from the floor in the first half making 7 of their 25 shot attempts. 

Georgia took advantage of a cold Auburn hand, jumping out to an early 16 point lead late in the first half. 

"We tried to guard them," Pearl said of Georgia in the first half. "You know they played great."

Juwan Park led the Bulldogs with 13 points in the first half. However, Auburn was able to contain him in the second, holding Parker to 16 points on the night. 

"I thought our zone could be effective tonight," Pearl said about his defense. "They didn't score for awhile...and it just got us back in the game."

The Tigers heated up early in the second half, getting jump-started by a 3-point shot off the hand of Mustapha Heron.

"He just knocked that three down," Pearl said about the opening shot by Heron. "We need Mustapha to be able to make those shots."

Heron continued to elevate the Tigers by posterizing Derek Ogbeide with a dunk turned 3-point play. He would finish the night with 14 points.

"He can make plays not a lot of guys could make athletically," Pearl said. 

The Tigers will hit the road to face Mizzou Wednesday. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. and will be broadcast on the SEC Network.


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