HUNTSVILLE – The Auburn Tigers (7-2) picked up an 87-62 victory over the UNC Asheville Bulldogs (5-6) tonight in the Rocket City Classic at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville.

Auburn was able to control nearly every aspect of the game on the way to its second-straight win.

What are the biggest takeaways from the game?

Auburn got off to a fast start offensively

Auburn scored 39 points in the first half. Both teams took a few minutes to get going, but the scoring was heavy once they did.

Auburn has gotten better about not limping out of the gate, and it has paid dividends.

Auburn took a step back from deep range

Auburn had its best performance of the season from 3-point range in its blowout win over Indiana on Saturday. That did not quite translate to tonight's game.

Auburn shot 7-21 or 33 percent from beyond the arch. Chad Baker-Mazara led the Tigers from deep by going 3-3.

Auburn had a lot of players contribute offensively

Auburn's leading scorer, Tre Donaldson, scored 15 points, but the Tigers saw offensive production from multiple directions.

Chad Baker-Mazara was Auburn's only other player to hit double figures with 11.

Auburn had 11 players score at least five points.

Auburn's bench played a big role

Auburn's bench accounted for 51 points. Auburn's top two scorers, Baker-Mazara and Donaldson, came off the bench.

Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl talked about how deep this team is, which showed tonight.

Auburn will be back in action on Sunday when it hosts the USC Trojans at Neville Arena. Tipoff is set for noon CT, and ESPN will carry the broadcast.

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