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No. 15 Auburn defeats Colgate 93-66 at Neville Arena

Published: Dec. 02, 2022, 9:10 p.m.
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No. 15 Auburn (8-0) remains unbeaten with Friday’s 93-66 victory against Colgate. Auburn plays Memphis next Saturday in Atlanta at State Farm Arena.

A sold-out Neville Arena had plenty to cheer about early when K.D. Johnson launched a three-pointer with 9:16 left in the first half to put the Tigers ahead 26-15 against the Raiders.

Johnson hit another three at the 8:15 mark to give the Tigers a 31-18 advantage. Auburn had a 47-33 lead at halftime while shooting 18-32 from the field and 7-12 from three. Auburn made six of their first nine three-point attempts.

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Johnson was 3-3 from behind the arc in the first half and finished the game 4-5 from three and led the Tigers in scoring with 16 points.

Johni Broome scored two of his 13 points with a layup at the 7:54 mark in the second half to push the Tiger lead to 25 points.

Let’s get into some observations from the Auburn win.

Diverse scoring

Auburn had four players with double-digits. Johnson (16), Broome (13), Wendell Green (13), and Allen Flanigan (12) led the Tigers in scoring. Dylan Cardwell closed the game with a two-handed dunk with less than 50 seconds left and had nine points.

Chris Moore, Yohan Traore, and Chance Westry each scored eight points against the Raiders. Auburn shot 55% from the field and hit a season-high 10 three-pointers.

Bench scoring

Auburn had 44 points off the bench. The Tigers had 10 players score at least one point. Johnson scored 16 points as a backup for Green. Westry, Traore, and Moore also poured in points when head coach Bruce Pearl called them into the game from the bench.

Turnovers

Auburn held Colgate to a season-low 66 points. The Raiders shot 43.9 percent from the field and 8-18 from three, which is below the Raiders season average. Braden Smith led the Raiders with 17 points on 7-10 shooting and 1-2 from three. The rest of the Raiders shot 18-47 from the field.

Auburn’s depth pushed the Raiders on defense leading to 12 turnovers. Auburn scored 17 points off the Raider turnovers. Colgate scored six points off Auburn turnovers. The Tigers also led in fast break points with 18 compared to three by the Raiders.

Auburn also held a 24-14 point advantage on fast break points. The Tiger bench outscored the Raider reserves 44-9, and the Tigers blocked eight shots.

Nubyjas Wilborn covers Auburn for Alabama Media Group

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Jeff Moore 1966-2022

Men's Basketball 12/2/2022 10:00:00 AM

Auburn Mourns Loss of Two-Time All-SEC Standout Jeff Moore

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AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn mourns the loss of two-time All-Southeastern Conference men's basketball standout Jeff Moore (1966-2022), who played for the Tigers from 1984-88.
 
Moore, a 6-foot-7, 240-pound center/forward at the time, was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets in the third round of 1988 NBA Draft.
 
In his four seasons at Auburn, Moore was a two-time All-SEC player after taking over the starting center job following the departure of Charles Barkley to the NBA. He played in the NCAA Tournament in each of his four seasons and left the school as its second all-time leading rebounder (950) and 10th on the all-time career scoring list (1,549 points).
 
During his senior campaign in 1987-88, he was an All-America candidate, a premier center in the SEC and rated as the seventh-best center in the country by The Sporting News. The Tigers were ranked No. 9 in the final national polls and reached the NCAA Elite Eight during his sophomore season in 1985-86.
 
Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Moore was named Mr. Basketball in the state of Alabama in 1984 and was a member of the Converse All-America Team. A two-time all-state selection, he received Player of the Year honors from both The Associated Press and Birmingham Tip-Off Club. Moore led Midfield High School to 33-2 and 20-8 records in his final two seasons.
 
After he played professionally overseas for a number of years, Moore, who was a family and child development major in college, graduated from Auburn University at the age of 47, with the help and encouragement of his coaches – former head coach Sonny Smith and assistant coach Lawrence Johnson.
 
"Jeff Moore was a big-time scorer," Smith said. "He could hit the outside shot and play with his back to the basket. He always had to guard people bigger than him. He developed an inside-outside game for us. He made it awfully hard to guard. He improved every year that he played for us. He was an outstanding player and we went to the Elite Eight with him. The better the team was, the better he played. He had a pro career waiting on him, until he broke his hand against Georgia Tech.
 
"Jeff was an integral part of the rebuilding of our program. He was a very good high school player at Midfield High School in Birmingham. He was one of the guys we needed and had to recruit. He graduated at the age of 47 and it was a great accomplishment. This has been a tremendous loss for me personally."
 
Moore is survived by his sister, Valerie. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m. at Friendship Baptist Church located at 4819 Main Street in Brighton, Alabama.
 
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