Johni Broome dominates as Auburn basketball gets revenge with win over Georgia

AUBURN — Auburn basketball's second possession of the game against Georgia on Wednesday went deep into the shot clock.

It forced Johni Broome to take a 3-pointer from the corner, which he missed. The Tigers grabbed the loose ball off the rim, though, and put up another shot. That missed, but Broome grabbed the rebound and kicked it out to Zep Jasper. Jasper's attempt from deep missed. Rinse and repeat: Broome cleaned the offensive glass and threw it out to Wendell Green, who couldn't connect on a 3-pointer.

Broome wasn't going to be played again. He snatched the missed shot and put his own attempt up at the rim, which he converted, plus the foul. He made the free throw to give Auburn (17-5, 7-2 SEC) the lead less than two minutes into the game. The Tigers wouldn't trail again, defeating the Bulldogs 94-73 in Neville Arena.

That early sequence was indicative of what the rest of the game would hold. Broome had a double-double before halftime and finished with 19 points and tied his career high in rebounds with 18. Allen Flanigan co-starred with a season-high 22 points and Green poured in 18 to go along with his six assists.

Georgia (14-8, 4-5) went through a 5:38 scoring drought in the first half that allowed Auburn to go on a 17-0 run that busted the game wide open. Mardrez McBride led the Bulldogs with 20 points.

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New game, new story

The meeting with Georgia served as Auburn's first game against an opponent it had already played earlier this season. The last time the two teams met, the Bulldogs handed the Tigers a 12-point loss.

This time, though, in Neville Arena, things were different. Broome's dominance was still there − he had 22 points and 12 rebounds against Georgia on Jan. 4 − but Auburn did a much better job defending the Bulldogs, particularly the opposing guards.

Senior guard Terry Roberts lit the Tigers up for 26 points in the last meeting. This time around, he was held to seven. Kario Oquendo, who had 17 points against Auburn earlier in the month, dropped just 10.

Up next

The Tigers go back on the road and travel to Knoxville for a matchup with Tennessee. The Vols are 10-1 at home this season, with the only blemish on their home record coming against Kentucky on Jan. 14. Tennessee will be the best team Auburn has played yet, according to KenPom and the NET rankings.

Richard Silva is the Auburn athletics beat writer for the Montgomery Advertiser. He can be reached via email at or on Twitter @rich_silva18.

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