Auburn basketball coasts by Israel U-20 team in first exhibition

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The Auburn men’s basketball team will certainly still be enjoying their vacation after breezing through its first challenge overseas.

The Tigers defeated the Israeli U-20 national team 117-56 on Tuesday in the first of three exhibition matches the team plans to play in Israel. The win was Auburn’s third consecutive 100-point game in preseason foreign tours.

Auburn never stopped rolling the entire game, and as such, got off to a very hot start. The Tigers ended the first quarter up 21-8 on the Israeli U-20 team, with incoming freshman Yohan Traore leading the scoring with five points — he also netted three rebounds in the first quarter.

Bruce Pearl’s squad extended their lead to 33 by the time the second half came to an end, going up 55-22. Traore shot 50 percent from the field by halftime’s end and had eight points and five rebounds to top the team’s scoring. Transfer Johni Broome put in some work as well, netting six points, four rebounds and a block for his new team at the half.

The lead grew to 40 points by the end of the third, with the Tigers up 80-40. It was Chance Westry that would briefly take over the scoring title from Traore in the game, as he had 11 points, three assists and a block by the time the third quarter came to an end. Westry was one of three players with 10 points or more for Auburn at the end of the third, joining K.D. Johnson and Dylan Cardwell. Cardwell in particular had a staggering 14 rebounds up to that point.

Auburn really opened up in the fourth quarter to take it away, winning by the 117-56 score by a deficit of 61 points. Traore wouldn’t be outdone, scoring 11 more points in the final frame. Broome also showed out, ending the game with 17 points and 9 rebounds.

Auburn is set to play the Israeli All-Star Select Squad on Sunday and then the regular Israeli National Team the following day.


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Story originally appeared on Auburn Wire