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AU leads, then trails, then rallies past Wofford

AUBURN (AP) — Rasheem Barrett had a game-high 18 points and Quantez Robertson added 14 to help Auburn pull off to an 86-76 victory over Wofford on Saturday.

“It was a good win for us,” Auburn coach Jeff Lebo said. “I can see why they beat Cincinnati and should have beaten N.C. State.”

Auburn (8-3) led 44-36 at halftime, but the Terriers (4-7) surged at the start of the second half to claim a seven-point advantage at 60-53 with less than 10 minutes to play.

The Tigers came back to take the lead at 7:04, but every time they pulled ahead, the Terriers scored. With a pair of 3-pointers by Robertson in the closing minutes, Auburn was able to open up the lead and hold on for the win.

“I thought that Quantez was terrific,” Lebo said. “He made two big three point shots late in the second half that gave us momentum.”

Robertson had eight rebounds and eight assists, while Barrett hit 5 of 8 from behind the 3-point arc in a game that had eight ties and eight lead changes.

“It’s disappointing that we got down and let them get back in the game,” Auburn guard Frank Tolbert said.

“Still, we have to fight through that and find a way to win, which we did today.”

Wofford’s Eric Marshall was efficient from the floor making 5 of 9 shots and going 4 of 4 from the foul line to lead his team with 17 points. Drew Gibson and Corey Godzinski followed with 14 points each to round out the double digit scoring for the Terriers.

Wofford turned it over just eight times compared to 15 by Auburn, but the Tigers claimed a 39-21 advantage in rebounds.

Auburn had a season high in 3-point percentage by hitting 11 of 22 for 50 percent.

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