The Auburn Tigers (3-1) picked up a 77-60 win over the St. Bonaventure Bonnies (2-2) to earn their second Legends Classic Championship since Bruce Pearl has been at the helm of the program.
St. Bonaventure got on the board first, but Auburn took the lead quickly and never gave it back.
What are the main takeaways from Auburn’s third win of the season?
Auburn’s first half was one of the best of the season so far
Auburn out-scored St. Bonaventure 48-28 in the first half.
Auburn shot 17-31 (54.8%) from the field, 7-14 (50%) from 3-point range and 7-10 (70%) from the field.
Johni Broome led the way in first half scoring with nine points and was the only Tiger to score double figures.
Auburn emphasized getting the ball inside and had 20 points in the paint to show for it.
Auburn’s lead slipped, but it ended up not mattering
St. Bonaventure led a comeback in the second half, but Auburn was able to hold it off.
If Auburn wants to reach its full potential this season, it will need to learn how to protect leads.
Johni Broome took over
Auburn’s big man did not disappoint in the Big Apple.
Broome posted 18 points and went 7-11 from the field.
Getting Broome back was one of the biggest wins for Auburn this offseason. If he can put together more performances like this, it will be hard to measure how much Auburn benefited from having Broome back.
Broome was named Legends Classic MVP.
Auburn needs to improve on the offense boards
Auburn only posted 11 offensive rebounds while St. Bonaventure had 12. While the disparity was not huge, it will still be in Auburn’s best interest to dominate that category as the season goes along.
Auburn will be back in action on Nov. 21 when it takes on the Alabama A&M Bulldogs at home inside Neville Arena. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. CT and the broadcast will be available on SEC Network+.
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