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Cam Newton cheers from the student section as Auburn upsets Alabama

Jeff Eisenberg
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As impressive as it was watching Cam Newton lead Auburn's football team back from a 24-point deficit to defeat Alabama in Nov. 2010, the Carolina Panthers quarterback did something even more difficult Wednesday night.

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He helped Auburn's basketball team get a win over its rival.

Newton returned to his alma mater, served as the celebrity letter turner during a timeout and led cheers from the student section during the Tigers' first meeting of the season with the Crimson side. Sparked by the crowd Newton helped whip into a frenzy, Auburn rallied from a 10-point first-half deficit and upset Alabama 49-37, giving coach Tony Barbee his first win over the Tide in five tries.

The victory snapped a six-game losing streak for Auburn, which climbed out of last place in the SEC and improved to 9-13 overall and 3-6 in league play. The Tigers overcame a 1 of 13 shooting night from leading scorer Frankie Sullivan by holding Alabama scoreless for more than nine minutes in the second half and limiting the Crimson Tide to a season-low in points.

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For Alabama, its first loss in its last six games against Auburn was a costly one. The Tide (14-8, 6-3) had risen to the fringes of the NCAA tournament picture with five victories in their last six games, but bad losses to Mercer, Tulane, Tennessee and now Auburn are starting to pile up.

(Thanks, Eye on College Basketball)

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