Canty, Bowers lead Auburn to 83-77 win over Alabama

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Cinmeon Bowers scored 20 points and grabbed 18 rebounds to lead Auburn to its second straight big win, 83-77 over Alabama on Tuesday night.

Kareem Canty poured in 25 points for the Tigers (9-8, 3-3 Southeastern Conference), who won the rivalry game three days after pulling off an upset of No. 23 Kentucky. Canty made 5 of 8 3-pointers after scoring 26 against the Wildcats.

The Crimson Tide (10-7, 1-4) led by 10 points in the first half but wound up losing its second straight game since handing South Carolina its first loss of the season.

Retin Obasohan scored 27 points for Alabama, which had three players foul out in the final minutes.

Tyler Harris had 14 points and made 9 of 12 free throws for Auburn. Shannon Hale added 13 points for Alabama, which made 8 of 30 3-pointers.

Alabama's Jimmie Taylor, Michael Kessens and Arthur Edwards all fouled out in the final minutes of the foul-filled game.

Taylor got his fifth foul on a 3-point attempt by T.J. Lang with 4:49 left. Lang hit all three free throws to bring the lead back to 74-69.

Alabama trimmed the margin to 80-77 when Obasohan made 1 of 2 free throws with 43 seconds left before Bowers and Canty helped ice it from the free throw line.

The Tide didn't make a field goal in the final 3:53 and Auburn's closing field-goal drought lasted even longer. But in a foul-filled game, Auburn made 28 of 40 free throws, attempting 24 and making 15 in the second half.


Alabama: Made 19 of 28 free throws after going 7-of-20 in a loss to Vanderiblt. Has lost four of its last five games.

Auburn: Snapped a three-game losing streak in the series. Made 11 of 30 3-pointers.

TECHNICALLY SPEAKING: Auburn's Bowers and Alabama's Riley Norris were called for technical fouls after a run-in the first three minutes. It was a physical game throughout, with Auburn called for 24 fouls and Alabama 29.


Auburn had runs of 10-0, 11-0 and 13-4. Alabama had runs of 12-0 and 9-0. And that was just in the roller-coaster first half, which ended with the Tigers ahead 40-37 after trailing by as many as 10 points.


Alabama hosts LSU on Saturday.

Auburn visits Florida on Saturday.