Auburn holds on to beat Texas Tech 67-65
CANCUN, Mexico (AP) Auburn's LaRon Smith blocked a potential tying layup with four seconds left out to Texas Tech's Zach Smith, who missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer and the Tigers held on for a 67-65 win over Texas Tech Tuesday in the Cancun Challenge.
Mustapha Heron scored 15 points, Daniel Purifoy added 11 and Jared Harper netted 10 for Auburn (4-0), which led by 15 points with 11:15 left.
Aaron Ross led the Red Raiders (3-1) with 17 points, Keenan Evans had 13 and Devon Thomas and Smith added 11 and 10, respectively. Smith grabbed 10 rebounds.
Auburn went 4:18 without a field goal until T.J. Dunas made it 65-59 with a steal and fast-break layup with 1:18 to play.
The Red Raiders used a 28-15 run and Thomas hit a layup with 32 seconds left to cut Auburn's lead to 65-63. But the Tigers got free throws from Harper, who was 6 for 10 from the line but hit two in the final 25 seconds to keep the game out of reach.