Flanigan, Williams have quality performances despite Auburn’s tough loss

Saturday night was brutal for the Auburn Tigers as they were eliminated from the NCAA Tournament by No. 1 seed Houston, 81-64 Saturday night at Legacy Arena in Birmingham.

Auburn blew a 10-point halftime lead by allowing Houston to outscore them, 50-23 over the game’s final 20 minutes. Despite the crushing meltdown, there are several bright spots in the game.

Three players reached double figures in scoring and four players connected on 50% or higher on their free throws. As a team, Auburn got 16 points off their bench and connected on 30 points from the paint.

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Here’s a look at who Auburn Wire writers Taylor Jones, JD McCarthy and Daniel Locke and Auburn fans voted for as their The Tiger of the Game following Auburn’s round of 16 loss to Houston on Saturday night.

Taylor Jones: Allen Flanigan

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Allen Flanigan had a productive night in all aspects of Saturday’s game. Flanigan was third in points with 10, trailing only Jaylin Williams and Johni Broome, who scored 14 each. He had the highest free throw percentage by connecting on 80% (4-of-5) of his shots, and he led the team in rebounds with nine.

JD McCarthy: Allen Flanigan

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Flanigan pulled down nine rebounds to lead the team in that category. Saturday’s game is the third time Flanigan has led the team in boards and the first time since March 1 against Alabama, when he led the team with eight rebounds. His season high in rebounds is 10, which he has accomplished three times this season.

Daniel Locke: Jaylin Williams

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Jaylin Williams tied for the team lead in points with 14, with most of his production coming in the first half. He led the team in scoring with 11 through the game’s first 20 minutes, making 4-of-10 points and going 2-for-3 from the free throw line.

Fan Voice: Allen Flanigan

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Auburn fans have spoken and they have chosen Allen Flanigan as the Tiger of the Game in Auburn’s loss to Houston. Flanigan won the close contest by earning 40% of the vote, beating Jaylin Williams, Johni Broome and Wendell Green Jr.

Cast your vote for your “Tiger of the Game” by visiting Auburn Wire on Twitter follows every game.


Here’s a look at how many Tigers have earned a “Tiger of the Game” vote this season:

by John Broome


Wendell Green Jr.


Jaylin Williams


KD Johnson


Allen Flanigan


Chris Moore


Tre Donaldson


The story originally appeared on the Auburn Wire

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