No. 3 Auburn 102, Alabama 61
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) _ Doc Robinson scored a career high 25 points as No. 3 Auburn romped to a 41-12 lead en route to a 102-61 win over Alabama Saturday, clinching the Southeastern Conference West title for the Tigers.
It marked the first season sweep of Alabama by Auburn ( 24-1, 11-1 Southeastern Conference) first since the 1983-84 season and clinched the SEC West title for the Tigers.
With two minutes left in the game, the rowdy Auburn crowd began chanting ``SEC! SEC!″ and the bench players waived towels in the air in celebration of the Tigers’ first divisional title since the league split in 1991.
The game resembled last year’s meeting at Auburn, where the Tigers handed Alabama its worst loss in school history, 94-40.
The Crimson Tide never had a chance. Alabama (14-12, 4-9) turned the ball over 10 times before it made its first basket, a jumper by MC Mazique that made it 18-6 with 13:38 to play.
At that point, the Tide were 1-for-4 from the floor and baffled by Auburn’s relentless pressure and the frantic pace of the game.
From there, Auburn kept hitting and things kept getting worse for the Tide. The Tigers led 41-12 with 5:58 to play in the first half.
Alabama made only seven baskets in the first half and had 20 turnovers. Auburn, on the other hand, had four players in double figures before the break. The Tigers shot 58 percent in the first half, had seven of their 10 steals and a 58-23 halftime lead.
Robinson also had seven assists and only two turnovers in 28 minutes of play.
Jeremy Hays led the Tide with 18 points and seven rebounds. Chris Rollins added 13 and Alabama leading scorer Brian Williams, who missed the Tide’s last two games with a nagging ankle injury, came off the bench to score nine in a 2-for-5 shooting night.
Chris Porter and Scott Pohlman both had 16 points. Bryant Smith scored 13.