No. 13 Auburn tops Northwestern 43-42, wins Cancun Challenge


Cancun, Mexico — – KD Johnson scored 12 points, Allen Flanigan fought go ahead layup No. 13 Auburn beat Northwestern 43-42 with 31 seconds remaining on Wednesday night in the championship game of the Cancun Challenge.

Jalyn Williams Made 3-of-6 from a 3-point range and finished with 11 points for the Tigers (6-0).

Chase Odige He hit Northwestern’s second 3-pointer to take a 40-39 lead with three minutes remaining.Wendell Green Jr. – Auburn’s top scorer with 14.0 per game – pulled up with 1:43 remaining He scored his only point when he hit a jumper, and Odige responded with a layup to the Wildcats He gave him a 1-point lead after 24 seconds. Robbie Bellan stole the pass from auburn Johnny BloomGreen created a Northwest turnover that led to a Flanigan layup.

Johnson challenged Odige’s potential winning jumper In the final seconds bounced off the backboard, deflected off Bellan and finally secured by Green.

Auge led Northwestern with 10 points, 3 blocks and 2 steals. The Wildcats shot 4-of-24 (16.7%) in the first half, finishing 25% from the field (14-of-56) and 2-of-24 (8.3%) from three-point range.

The game was tied at 19 at halftime.

Northwestern has missed its first 17 3-point shots to date thai berry A hit from behind the arc capped a 12-2 run with 12:02 left to give the Wildcats a 31-25 lead. Johnson answered with a three-point play before Williams hit a 3, throwing a dunk and putting Auburn back in front less than two minutes later.

Auburn shot 26% (13 out of 50) from the field and only succeeded 5 out of 21 (23.8%) from behind the arc.


Northwestern University returns home to face Pittsburgh in ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Monday

Auburn to face St. Louis at home on Sunday


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