No. 20 Texas A&M races to 81-63 win over Auburn

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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Danuel House scored 19 points and No. 20 Texas A&M rolled off 20 straight in a come-from-behind 81-63 victory over Auburn on Tuesday night.

The Aggies (23-7, 12-5 Southeastern Conference) remain tied with Kentucky for the league lead going into the regular season finale Saturday night against Vanderbilt. Texas A&M is seeking its first regular-season title since sharing the Southwest Conference championship with Texas and TCU in 1985-86 and would win the tiebreaker after beating the Wildcats on Feb. 20.

The Aggies trailed the Tigers (11-18, 5-12) by as many as 11 points in the first half before racing back, overcoming icy shooting by gobbling up rebounds. They took charge with a 26-3 onslaught fueled partly by a series of dunks carrying into the second half.

Jalen Jones had 16 points and eight rebounds while Tyler Davis scored 14 and had nine rebounds for the Aggies. Alex Caruso had only five points but padded the stat sheet with nine rebounds, seven assists and two steals. Admon Gilder scored 10 points.

Texas A&M outrebounded Auburn 51-27 and grabbed 21 offensive boards.

Tyler Harris led Auburn with 20 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots. TJ Lang had 10 points for the Tigers.

The Aggies trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half after missing 12 consecutive shots during a scoring drought of more than 6 minutes. They scored the final eight points before the half and the initial 12 afterward.

Anthony Collins set up two straight dunks with passes and hit a jump shot to fuel the end-of-half run that tied it at 33-33. It only took a few more minutes after that to turn it into a double-digit game the other way.

DOMINATING BOARDS

The Aggies had 17 offensive rebounds by halftime, when Auburn had only 12 altogether. Cinmeon Bowers came in averaging 10 boards but only got half that.

SHOOTING 3s

Texas A&M missed all 10 3-point attempts in the first half but made half of its 10 attempts after coming out of the locker room. The Tigers started 6 of 15.

TIP-INS

Texas A&M: Finishes 5-4 in SEC road games. Made 24 of 26 free throws (92 percent).

Auburn: It was the final home game for Auburn seniors Bowers, Jordon Granger and Harris. Bowers was held to four points.

UP NEXT

Texas A&M hosts Vanderbilt on Saturday night.

Auburn visits Mississippi State on Saturday night.