Auburn holds on to defeat Georgia 71-59

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ATHENS, Ga. (AP)—Tay Waller scored 20 points and Korvotney Barber had 11 points with 18 rebounds to help Auburn earn a fourth straight victory in the Southeastern Conference for the first time in six years, 71-59 over Georgia on Wednesday night.

The Tigers (17-9, 6-5 Southeastern Conference) struggled to hold off Georgia despite leading by 27 points early in the second half.

After Quantez Robertson’s layup put Auburn ahead 49-22 with 16:27 remaining, the Tigers slumped on both ends of the floor.

Georgia (10-16, 1-10) never led, but Dustin Ware’s straightaway 3-pointer cut Auburn’s advantage to less than 10 points for the first time since the 14:28 mark of the first half.

The long jumper woke up the sparse crowd at Stegeman Coliseum, which is rarely filled and was even farther under capacity with tornado warnings echoing 45 minutes before tipoff.

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