Auburn’s big finish stuns Tennessee

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AUBURN, Ala. –Aicha Coulibaly had 26 points and Auburn scored 11 straight in a 71-61 loss to No. 4 Tennessee, ending the Lady Vols’ nine-game winning streak on Thursday night.

The Tigers (9-10, 1-7), the last SEC team to claim a league victory, built an 11-point halftime lead and closed strong. Tennessee (18-2, 7-1) became the only SEC team with a perfect league record, but went six scoreless minutes on the court before a meaningless field goal with two seconds left.

Coulibaly shot 10 of 14 and had seven rebounds for Auburn, which had squandered back-to-back fourth quarter leads but finally took over this time. The Tigers dominated the fourth 21-10.

Sania Wells added 13 points for Auburn, while Jala Jordan finished with 11 and Annie Hughes with 10. The Tigers were playing their third game in five days.

Jordan Horston led Tennessee with 21 points and eight rebounds, but also committed six of the team’s 21 turnovers. Jordan Walker scored 17.

Auburn turned a 10-point first-quarter deficit into a 39-28 halftime lead. Jordan hit a three-pointer off the sidelines with four seconds left to give the Tigers their biggest advantage.

Auburn scored the final nine points of the first quarter to cut a 10-point deficit to 17-16

Horston scored six straight points to cap a 12-0 streak early in the third quarter to help restore Tennessee’s lead.

Auburn’s Mar’shaun Bostic hit a layup at the third quarter buzzer to make it 51-50. Then Auburn took over.

The Lady Vols are without center Keyen Green, who tore his ACL in last weekend’s win over Georgia.

In other Women’s Top 25 games Thursday night, Aliyah Boston had 22 points and 12 rebounds and No. 1 South Carolina improved to 9-0 against ranked opponents this season with a 69- 40 on Mississippi #24. Boston had 15 points and four boards at halftime. … Emily Engstler scored 19 points to lead No. 5 Louisville to a 75-62 win over Florida State. The Cardinals used a 10-0 run midway through the second quarter to break a 19-all tie. … Naz Hillmon scored 20 points and became Michigan’s career leader in rebounds as the No. 7 Wolverines beat No. 22 Ohio State 77-58. Hillmon surpassed Trish Andrew’s record 928 rebounds in the second half. She finished with 12 and now has 935 rebounds. … Eylia Love scored a career-high 20 points, including 10 straight in the second quarter when Georgia Tech established a double-digit lead and the No. 14 Yellow Jackets beat Boston College 68-49. … Chloe Bibby scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead No. 17 Maryland to a 72-55 win over Rutgers. … Olivia Miles had 17 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists, Sonia Citron added 13 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 20 Notre Dame beat Syracuse 83-62. … Alyssa Ustby scored 20 points, Kennedy Todd-Williams had 15 and North Carolina beat No. 21 Duke 78-62.

TOP 25 MEN

In Thursday night’s Top 25 men’s games, Isaiah Thompson scored a career-high 18 points and Jaden Ivey scored 15 in his return from a hip injury as No. 6 Purdue beat Iowa 83-73. Thompson came in averaging just 5.7 points per game, but shot 6 of 8 from the floor — including 4 of 6 on three-pointers. … Jaime Jaquez Jr. scored 15 points and No. 7 UCLA routed California 81-57 ​​to give the Bruins the lone possession of first place in the Pac-12 with their fifth straight victory. … Brad Davison scored 17 of his 21 points in the first half, rookie Chucky Hepburn added 13 on his return to his home state and the No. 11 Wisconsin beat Nebraska 73-65. … EJ Liddell had a career-high 23 points and 15 rebounds to help Ohio State’s No. 16 beat Minnesota for a 75-64 victory.

SUN BELT MEN

CAROLINE COASTAL 65, PSU 49

A gruesome night of shooting at the HTC Center in Conway, South Carolina doomed the Trojans as they lost the third of their last four Sun Belt Conference games.

UALR (7-10, 2-3) scored just five points in the final 10 minutes of the first half as the Chanticleers took a 23-16 halftime advantage. Coastal Carolina (12-8, 4-4) then extended the lead to 17 points in the second half, heading to the finish behind a game-high 20 points from Rudi Williams.

The Trojans got 13 points and nine rebounds from Nikola Maric in his return after returning to full form after a bout with covid-19, but UALR shot 19 of 61 from the field and 5 of 27 on three-point shots .

ASUN MEN

NORTH FLORIDA 93, CENTRAL ARKANSAS 74

The Bears were blown away on their first visit to Jacksonville, Fla. as the Ospreys tallied 55 points after halftime.

North Florida (5-16, 1-6 ASUN) took control with just over seven minutes to play, scoring 10 straight points — part of a 21-7 streak — to put away UCA ( 6-13, 3-3) and give the Ospreys their first conference win of the season.

The Bears were led by 17 points from Camren Hunter and had a combined 25 points off the bench from Eddy Kayouloud (15) and Jaxson Baker (10).

SUN BELT WOMEN

TEXAS-ARLINGTON 90, ARKANSAS STATE 87

Jireh Washington’s 30 points from Arkansas State University were topped by a 32-point performance from Starr Jacobs of Texas-Arlington as the visiting Mavericks handed the Red Wolves their third straight loss.

ASU (10-10, 3-4 Sun Belt Conference) tied things at 83-83 with 2:41 left after leading 81-74 midway through the fourth quarter. Trailing 90-87 with 10 seconds left, the Red Wolves had a chance to send the game into overtime, but Mailyn Wilkerson’s turnover allowed Texas-Arlington (12-5, 6-2) to escape Jonesboro’s First Bank Arena with victory. .

Morgan Wallace finished with ASU’s first triple-double since December 16, 2006, finishing with 10 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

The Red Wolves shot 32 of 62 (51.6%) from the field. The Mavericks were 37 of 67 (55.2%) shooting and finished with 62 points in the lane.

WOMEN

CENTRAL ARKANSAS 56, NORTH FLORIDA 53

Led by 15 points from Hannah Langhi off the bench, the Sugar Bears held off the Ospreys in Jacksonville, Florida.

UCA (8-10, 3-4 ASUN) finished on an 11-6 run after trailing with just over five minutes left. Randrea Wright added 13 points to go along with the team’s top six assists.

North Florida (9-10, 2-5) struggled from beyond the arc, shooting 4 of 23 from three-pointers. Emma Broermann scored a game-high 21 points with 8 of 14.

South Carolina forward Aliyah Boston (4) shoots against Mississippi guard Donnetta Johnson (3) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, at Columbia, South Carolina (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)
Photo South Carolina guard Zia Cooke (1) goes to the hoop against Mississippi guard Lashonda Monk (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday Jan. 27, 2022 in Columbia, Carolina South (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)
Photo Mississippi forward Shakira Austin (0) dribbles past South Carolina forward Victaria Saxton (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022 at Columbia , South Carolina (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)
Photo South Carolina guard Bree Hall (23) dribbles the ball past Mississippi guard Angel Baker, right, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, in Columbia, South Carolina (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)
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