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Samir Doughty regained his shooting eye in scoring 17 points to lead No. 5 Auburn to an 82-60 victory over visiting Georgia in Southeastern Conference action on Saturday.
The victory allowed the Tigers (15-0, 3-0 SEC) to remain unbeaten. San Diego State was the nation’s only other undefeated team entering Saturday.
Auburn pushed an 11-point halftime lead out to 46-27 to start the second half and never let the Bulldogs (10-5, 0-2 SEC) get closer than 16 points the rest of the way. Their biggest lead was 26 points at 80-54.
After going just 12 of 42 from the field his previous four games (3 of 21 on 3-pointers), Doughty was 6 of 12 overall and 2 of 5 on 3s for the Tigers. He also had four assists.
Anfernee McLemore added 12 points and freshman guard Allen Flanigan was in double figures for the first time as a collegian, also with 12 points.
Anthony Edwards led Georgia with 18 points, but 15 came in a second half that was played with Auburn holding double-digit advantages. He was only 4 of 11 from the free-throw line. Rayshaun Hammonds added 12 for the Bulldogs.
With the game’s start moved up six hours to 11 a.m. local time because of threatening weather in the area, Georgia jumped ahead 14-6 when Auburn got off to a slow start, hitting only two of its first 10 shots.
But McLemore’s follow-up dunk and Danjel Purifoy’s 3-pointer ignited a 10-2 spurt for the Tigers, who outscored the Bulldogs 29-10 over the last 12 minutes, 43 seconds of the first half to go to the locker room up comfortably at 35-24.
Doughty had 10 points the first half, but Flanigan was right behind with 9 points in the period, already a season high for him and more than three times his 2.9 average entering the game.
The two teams meet again Feb. 19 in Athens.
—Field Level Media