Knoxville, TN (EETV)- Auburn went on the road and defeated Tennesee 85-63 in their second matchup this season. After the loss to Texas A&M, the Tigers were able to earn a crucial win before heading to the SEC Tournament next week.
Bruce Pearl said after the game, "Offensively, I thought we controlled the game with the things we did. We got open looks and the kids knocked them down."
Samir Doughty had a breakout performance scoring a career high 32 points with eight three-point shot made. Doughty scored 15 of his 32 points in the first half alone.
Pearl praised Doughty's performance saying, "Samir Doughty showed why he should be a first team all-conference player. Doughty added three steals, two rebounds and two assists in 33 minutes of playing time.
Auburn started the game fast as they had a lead as large as fourteen points. Alan Flanigan would provide a boost off the bench scoring seven points in the first half.
The Volunteers would cut the lead to 11 at halftime as Jordan Bowden hit a three-point jumper as time expired.
Tennesee made a run early in the second half to get within six, but Auburn's three-point shooting was the difference as they hit 14 in total.
Auburn finishes the season 25-6 (12-6 SEC) and they will go into the SEC Tournament as the two seed after Kentucky defeated Florida this afternoon. Auburn will play next Friday against the winner of Arkansas and Texas A&M on Thursday. The game will be at 6pm CT on SEC Network.