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November 15, 2012

Thursday roundup: Auburn men’s hoops smoked by Murray State, women win home opener, women’s soccer drops tussle to BYU

Staff report

There wasn’t much Auburn could do about Isaiah Canaan, or the Murray State All-American’s teammates, or its own offense.

The Tigers came out on their heels, and never recovered in sharp-shooting Murray State’s 79-59 wire-to-wire blowout Thursday night at the Charleston Classic in Charleston, S.C.

The Racers (2-0), who won 32 games last season, led by 36 minutes late into the second half. Canaan scored 26 points on 9-of-12 shooting, and added six assists in spreading the floor for the other Racers. Forward Stacy Wilson chipped in 18 points, sinking 4-of-5 3-pointers.

Murray State made 11-of-21 3-point tries, all before the Tigers hit their first long ball of the night. Auburn shot 29 percent from the floor – including 1-of-9 triples – and were a paltry 14-for-27 from the free-throw line.

The lone bright spot on the stat sheet for Auburn was juco transfer Asauhn Dixon-Tatum, who sprang to 12 points and 9 rebounds, including seven on the offensive glass.

Senior Frankie Sullivan couldn’t build on a thrilling season opener, making 2-of-13 field goals and cutting his arm open when diving into the scorer’s table for a loose ball. The Tigers turned it over 20 times.

Auburn tries to rebound Friday night against tournament host College of Charleston at 7:30 p.m. ET in the consolation draw. Murray State advanced to meet St. John’s.

Women’s basketball: Blanche Alverson led the way with 17 points, and four of her teammates put up at least a dozen as the Tigers cruised past Alabama State 80-43 Thursday at Auburn Arena, celebrating new coach Terri Williams-Flournoy’s home opener.

The attendance of 3,511 registers as the fourth-largest crowd to witness a women’s basketball game at Auburn Arena.

“It felt great to just walk out there and see the crowd ready for us to play our first home game,” Williams-Flournoy said. “It was really exciting.”

Auburn (2-1) has scored at least 70 points in all three of its games. The Tigers clamped down defensively in the first half, allowing just 17 points.

Chadarryl Clay (15 points) and Peyton Davis (12) each recorded career-best scoring efforts.

Women’s soccer: Carlie Payne Holmoe scored on a penalty kick with 44 seconds remaining, helping No. 2 BYU survive a 1-0 tussle with visiting Auburn in Provo, Utah in the NCAA tournament second round.

The Tigers finished their season at 13-11-1.

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