Presbyterian 62, Auburn 59

Khalid Mutakabbir scored 17 points and and Al’Lonzo Coleman had

13 points and 16 rebounds as Presbyterian built a big early lead

and hung on to beat Auburn 62-59 Saturday night.

It was the first win for the Blue Hose (5-6) over a team from a

Bowl Championionship Series conference.

Presbyterian opened the game with a 19-4 run and led by as many

as 20 points in the first half and 38-23 at halftime.

The Tigers (3-7), who lost their third straight, used a 14-2

second-half run to cut a 50-37 deficit to 52-51 with 2:52 left, but

they were never able to take the lead or tie the game.

A 3-pointer by Mutakabbir and layups by Coleman and Walt Allen

helped keep Presbyterian in front before Josh Wallace’s layup cut

Auburn’s deficit to 60-59 with 12 seconds left. Mutakabbir and

Coleman each made 1 of 2 free throws to ice the game.

Rob Chubb scored 15 points to lead Auburn.