No. 8 Auburn 77, Penn 70
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) _ Doc Robinson and Scott Pohlman scored 16 points each and No. 8 Auburn overcame horrendous free-throw shooting to squeak out a 77-70 victory over Penn on Saturday night.
The Tigers (5-1) took their biggest lead of the game, 71-64, on Reggie Sharp’s 3-pointer with 3:36 to play. It was their last basket of the game.
Penn’s Michael Jordan answered with a 3 of his own that made it 71-67. The Quakers (1-4) then set out to foul the rest of the way and Auburn struggled to convert, making six of 10 down the stretch. Overall, the Tigers made just 16-of-33 foul shots.
Jordan’s layup cut the score to 73-69 with 1:27 to play. An Auburn foul then sent Frank Brown to the line with 50 seconds to play in what turned out to be a confusing exchange.
The officials had called for two shots, when the actual call was for a one-and-one. Brown missed the first shot and Auburn got the rebound, but turned the ball over to the officials.
The score table then corrected the officials, who in turn awarded Auburn the ball because the Tigers had claimed the rebound off the missed free throw.
Penn quickly fouled Mamadou N’diaye, who made just one of the shots to make it 74-69.
Geoff Owens made one of two free throws to cut it to 74-70 with 29.9 to go. The Quakers had to quickly foul Pohlman, who made both his shots to seal the win.
Auburn’s Chris Porter, in foul trouble most of the game, scored just four points in 23 minutes.
His first point came on a free throw with 6:51 to play and his first basket came on a layup with 5:20 to play. He finished 1-of-6 from the floor and 2-of-6 from the line.
Jordan led Penn with 20 points. He was the Quakers only player in double figures.
N’diaye had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Auburn. Daymeon Fishback added 12.