AUBURN – Auburn (5-1) did its part in the ACC/SEC Challenge, picking up a 74-57 win over Virginia Tech (5-3).

Auburn got out in front early and remained in control for the duration of the game.

What are some things to take away from the game?

It was once again a tale of two halves

Auburn got off to a fast start and continued to play well throughout the first half. The second half was a different story.

The Tigers stumbled out of the gate in the second half and allowed the Hokies to get back into the game.

Auburn needs to figure out how to put two halves together, or it will be in trouble when conference play begins.

Johni Broome showed up

Auburn's star big man had yet another stellar performance.

Broome scored 30 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, blocked two shots and had one steal. The 6-foot-10 forward was three points shy of setting a new career record for himself.

Broome will have a lot to do with how successful Auburn manages to be this season.

Auburn can get the ball inside efficiently

Auburn scored 42 points in the paint, which was more than half of its total amount.

Having a multi-dimensional offense will help Auburn find success in conference play. If the 3-point shots begin to fall more consistently, Auburn will be in good shape moving forward.

Auburn was non-existent from 3-point range

Auburn shot 2-16 (12.5%) from beyond the arc.

The Tigers have struggled to do much from 3-point range so far this season, but tonight was their worst performance yet in that area.

Auburn needs to figure this aspect of the game out quickly to be in the best position to succeed when conference play begins.

Auburn will be back in action on Sunday when it travels up to Boone, N.C., to take on the Appalachian State Mountaineers. Tipoff is set for 12:00 p.m. CT, and ESPN2 will carry the broadcast.

To connect with the author of this story or to comment, email [email protected].

Don't miss out! Subscribe to our newsletter and get our top stories every weekday morning.