Auburn, AL – Senior guards Samir Doughty (6-4) and J’Von McCormick (6-0) had career nights as No. 22-ranked Auburn returned home after two games on the road to face Cal State Northridge. The Tigers defeated the Matadors 116–70 in a campus game as part of the Roman Legends Classic tournament.
Doughty scored 33 points with eight rebounds, despite sitting for much of the second half. He shot 10-for-15 from the field, including 6-of-8 from three. He was also perfect from the charity stripe, making all seven of his free throws. Doughty found success from long distance both on long pull-up threes in transition, and shooting off ball screens. Doughty led six Tigers that each finished with at least 10 points.
McCormick scored only two points on 1-for-3 shooting. He spent all of his time distributing the ball, setting an Auburn single game record with 16 assists, with only one turnover. He played only 21 minutes. His quickness was on full display, as he had no problem driving thru multiple CSUN defenders to breakdown the defense before finding open teammates. His ball handling has shown improvement over last season, and he appears more aggressive when attacking.
Auburn senior forward Anfernee McLemore (6-7) had 10 points on 4-for-7 shooting, including 2-for-5 from 3. He added five rebounds and four blocks in only 17 minutes.
The Matadors were led by 5-8 guard Terrell Gomez, with 23 points on 8-for-23 shooting, including 5-of-11 from 3. He displayed a quick release and the ability to get an open shot, regardless of the defender Auburn rotated against him. Freshman Brendan Harrick (6-5) added 17 points off the bench, shooting 5-for-9 from three-point range. He displayed a quick release and found most of his shots when the Auburn defense broke down to help on drives by the Northridge guards.
Auburn (4-0) will welcome Colgate on Monday. Cal State Northridge (0-4) will travel to Virginia to face Richmond on Friday.
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