House's 22 points leads Texas A&M past Auburn, 71-61
(Source: Raycom Media)
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Danuel House scored 23 points and hit six 3-pointers to lead streaking Texas A&M to a 71-61 victory over Auburn on Tuesday night.
The Aggies (14-5, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) never trailed on their way to a fifth straight win.
House got off to a hot start and missed only one 3-point attempt after coming in averaging 18.6 points over the last five games. The rest of the damage was mostly done in the paint, where Texas A&M outscored the Tigers (10-10, 2-5) 42-14.
Auburn has lost three straight games.
Jalen Jones added 13 points for the Aggies while Alex Robinson drove to the basket repeatedly and scored 12.
Antoine Mason led Auburn with 16 points and Cinmeon Bowers finished with 14 points and eight rebounds. KT Harrell scored 11, all in the second half.
The Aggies made half of their 56 field goals while holding Auburn to 15-of-44 shooting (34.1 percent).
Texas A&M scored on three straight dunks and went ahead by a dozen points with seven minutes to go. Auburn never managed to pull to within single digits after that, and House's 3-pointer with four minutes left pushed it to 67-52.
Auburn fans were riding House urging him to dunk it after his earlier missed one-hander when he drilled that final 3.
He hadn't made more than four 3-pointers in a game coming in.
Auburn guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen aggravated a right shoulder injury with 2:19 left in the first half and didn't return.
Texas A&M: Jumped out to an 8-0 lead as Auburn missed its first six shots. Danuel House scored 13 of Texas A&M's first 15 points over the first 5:18, with four 3-pointers and a made free throw after the fourth. It's the Aggies' first five-game conference winning streak since February 2011 in the Big 12.
Auburn: It was the first time Tigers coach Bruce Pearl had faced Texas A&M. The Tigers' only big edge came at the free throw line where they made 25 of 35 attempts. (A&M was 9 of 17).