Nate Oooooooats

By WVUA 23 Reporter Sydney Broady

The University of Alabama shocked the SEC when the team beat the Auburn Tigers, an undefeated top 5 team, in January.

The rematch between the two teams took place in Auburn Arena last night, where the Tigers defeated the Crimson Tide 95-91. The win for the Tigers was its fifth overtime win of the season and the third overtime win in a row.

Auburn coach Bruce Pearl addressed the team’s recent overtime streak, and he is ready for the trend to end.

“We’re not going to keep winning overtime games,” he said.

Starting the game, the Tigers went up 16-0 after the first media timeout and injured Alabama player Herbert Jones (wrist) played seven minutes with a cast on. The junior forward/guard fractured his wrist in late January in a game against Arkansas and had surgery Feb. 1.

Sophomore guard Kira Lewis played a big role for Alabama, having a triple double, the first since 1996 when Roy Rogers had two that season. Lewis seemed unphased by the accomplishment by saying it would have meant more if the team came out with a victory.

“It’s a triple double…and a loss,” he said during Alabama’s post-game presser.

Freshman guard Jaden Shackelford had a team high 28 points for the Crimson Tide. Beyond that, Alabama went 22 of 59 from the 3-point-line. The 59 attempted 3-pointers is an SEC record.

Alabama coach Nate Oats wasn’t pleased with such a high number of attempts, saying Auburn was playing zone and the Tide did not do a good job attacking it.

Next up for Alabama and Auburn, the Crimson Tide will host LSU Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. and Auburn will travel to play the Missouri Tigers at 5 p.m.

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