AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - KT Harrell tied a season-high with 25 points and Cinmeon Bowers chipped in 20 points and 11 rebounds as Auburn staved off North Alabama 82-61 on Saturday for its fifth straight home win.
The Tigers (8-5) closed nonconference play with a victory, but were forced to battle back after trailing by as many as nine early in the first half.
Harrell, the SEC's second-leading scorer, paced the Tigers in the first half, scoring 13 points and making three 3-pointers. Auburn led 32-30 at the break.
Marcus Landry, the leading rebounder for the Lions (5-6), picked up his fourth foul early in the second half, and the Tigers took advantage, outscoring North Alabama 44-32 in the paint.
Antoine Mason came on strong in the second half, scoring 15 of his 18 points to close out the win.
Landry finished with 12 points and Nathan Spehr 17 for North Alabama.