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Green’s late layup sends No. 1 Auburn past Georgia 74-72

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Wendell Green Jr. made a tiebreaker with four seconds left and No. 1 Auburn beat Georgia 74-72 on Saturday, extending the nation’s longest winning streak to 19 games .

Auburn (22-1, 10-0 Southeastern Conference) continued its dominating run in the league. But the Tigers, who won their first nine games with the SEC by about 12 ppg, were tested in the second half by last-place Georgia (6-17, 1-9).

After Green’s lay-up, Georgian Aaron Cook missed a long jumper.

KD Johnson led Auburn with 20 points. Johnson, who transferred to Auburn after his 2020-21 freshman season at Georgia, was loudly booed during pregame introductions.

Green had 19 for the Tigers.

Auburn led 42-30 at halftime before Georgia recovered with 11 unanswered points early in the second period. Two free throws from Jabri Abdur-Rahim gave the Bulldogs their first lead at 58-56.

A drive from Cook gave Georgia a 72-70 lead before KD Johnson tied the game with a layup.

Kario Oquendo led Georgia with 25 points, including six in an 11-0 run early in the second period that cut Auburn’s lead to 48-47. Jaxon Etter’s 3-pointer capped the flurry and Auburn coach Bruce Pearl called a timeout.

Johnson sank a short jumper after timeout to end the Georgia streak.

Auburn standout freshman Jabari Smith had seven points and six rebounds. Walker Kessler had 10 points with nine rebounds and four blocked shots.

Green, who is coming off a season-high 23 points in a 100-81 win over Alabama on Tuesday night, had 15 first-half points against Georgia. Despite playing on the bench most of the season, Green led Auburn with his 15-point average in SEC games heading into Saturday.

Green threw a pass from the backboard to set up a one-handed jam by Devan Cambridge for a 27-13 lead. The dynamic basket capped a push where the Tigers fired five consecutive shots from the field at a time when the Bulldogs were stuck in a 1-for-13 drought.

BIG PICTURE

Auburn: The Tigers are 7-0 on the road, the second-longest road winning streak in school history. Auburn’s 1957-58 and 1958-59 teams won eight straight road games. … G Zep Jasper, normally a starter, was held back with an illness unrelated to COVID. Green made his fourth start of the season.

Georgia: The Bulldogs have lost 11 of 12 games, including three in a row. Braelen Bridges had 14 points. Etter was 13.

FOLLOWING

Auburn: Visit Arkansas Tuesday night.

Georgia: visits Florida on Wednesday evening.

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