Brown's 34 Points Leads No. 8 Auburn Past Dayton

The Tigers improve to 8-1 on the year.

Posted: Dec 9, 2018 3:45 PM

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Bryce Brown scored a career-high 34 points and made six 3-pointers to lead No. 8 Auburn to an 82-72 victory over Dayton on Saturday night.

Brown got into a groove late in the first half, making four straight 3s over the final 2:29 to give the Tigers a 51-32 lead.

The Flyers (5-4) made some runs at Auburn in the second half when the Tigers shooters cooled off but couldn't catch up.

Jared Harper had 20 points and seven assists for Auburn (8-1). Samir Doughty filled the stat sheet with eight points, 10 rebounds, six assists and four steals.

Brown capped that hot streak before the half with a 3 from the top of the key with four seconds left, giving him 22 points heading to the locker room.

Ryan Mikesell led Dayton with 15 points. Josh Cunningham scored 14 and Jalen Crutcher added 11. Dayton made 11 of 23 3-pointers but committed 23 turnovers.

Down big at halftime, Dayton scored 10 straight points to close to 76-68 after Cunningham's dunk with 4:26 left. Brown answered with a jumper from the free-throw line.

The Tigers' top scorers, Harper and Brown both had struggled in the last game against UNC Asheville.

Brown rebounded strongly from his worst game of the season, when he was 3-of-9 shooting for seven points. Harper scored nine in that game.

BIG PICTURE

Dayton: Has lost four of its last five games but that includes seven-point defeats by No. 4 Virginia and No. 22 Mississippi State and now another competitive game against a top-10 team.

Auburn: Made 12 3-pointers but attempted 33. Forced turnovers on five of Dayton's first six possessions.

GRANT RETURNS

Dayton coach Anthony Grant returned to a familiar arena. He was head coach at Alabama, Auburn's top rival, from 2009-15.

UP NEXT

Dayton plays Tulsa on Dec. 16 in the Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase.

Auburn plays UAB next Saturday night in the Mike Slive Invitational in Birmingham, Alabama.

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