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AUBURN — Call it a technical knockout.
First came the technicals, then the knockout.
Riding the momentum of three first-half post-play whistles, Alabama seized control in what became a 68-50 rout at Auburn.
The Tigers were called for three technical fouls in the opening 20 minutes as the Crimson Tide turned a seven-point deficit into an 11-point halftime lead. It was only the Tigers’ second loss in an Auburn Arena that quickly turned hostile.
JaMychal Green’s 19 points paced the Tide, winners of three straight, in its first game without suspended Tony Mitchell. The Alabama bench outscored Auburn’s 28-9 with Charles Hankerson leading the subs with 14. Frankie Sullivan was the only Tiger to reach double figures with 21 points.
Tension peaked after the third technical foul was called in the closing seconds of the half. Tiger coach Tony Barbee earned that one after Kenny Gabriel and Chris Denson each got one for hanging on the rim after dunks.
Gabriel’s put Auburn up 14-7 with 11:44 left, but the 12-4 run Tide run gave Alabama its first and last lead of the game.
Denison’s technical, which sent the sold-out crowd of 8,154 even further into a frenzy, came with 2:16 left. Again, Alabama took advantage. The guests scored the final eight points of the half to take an 11-point to the intermission.
“There were some tough calls that went against us in the first half,” said Tiger Varez Ward, who scored three points and had six turnovers. “Things just went downhill from there.”
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