Auburn hits 13 3-pointers in 83-66 win over North Florida
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Bryce Brown scored 19 points, freshman Danjel Purifoy added 14 points and Auburn hit 13 3-pointers in an 83-66 victory over North Florida on Friday night in a season opener for both teams.
Freshmen Mustafa Heron and Jared Harper each had 10 points for Auburn.
The Tigers used their 3-pointers to pull away early, and their athleticism and tenacious defense prevented the Ospreys from clawing back in the second half.
The two teams came out jittery as Auburn and North Florida combined for 15 turnovers in the first 11 minutes. Auburn, which was starting three freshmen in guards Heron and Jared Harper and forward Purifoy, committed seven of those.
The Ospreys' 6-foot-11 center Romelo Banks, who finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds, gave Auburn's Horace Spencer fits.