9:00 PM ET, January 23, 2007
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- The Auburn Tigers were racking up breakaway dunks, sneaking to the basket for uncontested layups and generally having no problems scoring against No. 12 Alabama.
By the end, Auburn fans weren't content with rare hoops dominance in the rivalry. They chanted "We want Saban," a reference to new Tide football coach Nick Saban.The Tigers put an emphatic end to a seven-game losing streak against the Crimson Tide, using quickness and a dominant second half to beat their in-state rival 81-57 on Tuesday night.The Tigers (13-8, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) scored the first eight points of the second half to overcome a 36-35 deficit and hardly looked back.Auburn hadn't beaten Alabama (15-4, 2-3) since 2003 and has now won two games against ranked teams in a six-day stretch after ending an 0-for-15 stretch against then-No. 22 Tennessee."That's as good as we can play in the second half," Auburn coach Jeff Lebo said. "It's a good win if you're an Auburn fan. We took a step into the pond with the win over Tennessee. We dove in tonight."
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Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||23-60 (.383)||34-59 (.576)|
|3P Made-Attempted||5-19 (.263)||6-13 (.462)|
|FT Made-Attempted||6-9 (.667)||7-12 (.583)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||13 (0/0)||13 (0/0)|