The Auburn Tigers moved to 2-1 on the season on Thursday by defeating Notre Dame, 83-59, in the opening game of the Vivid Seats Legends Classic at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
The Tigers earned the 24-point victory thanks to an all-around effort. Auburn had five players reach double-figures while the bench added 30 points to its total. Auburn also connected on 75% of its free-throw attempts and went 53.4% from the field.
“If you have to guard us on the perimeter, it opens up driving lanes, opens up Johni Broome, opens up Jaylin Williams on the inside, Dylan Cardwell, I just think we have great spacing and we’re getting open looks. That’s what you want as a coach, to try and get a feel for how the other teams will guard. It does look like in November, this team has an idea of what we want to try and do offensively so far.”
Let’s highlight several key performances from Thursday’s win over Notre Dame. Here is a look at the Tigers of the Game as voted on by Auburn Wire writers and Auburn fans.
Taylor Jones: Johni Broome
Johni Broome tied Aden Holloway for the team lead in points on Thursday night by scoring 15. He shot 63% from the field and made 1-of-2 three-point buckets. He also recorded six rebounds, four assists, and a blocked shot in the win.
JD McCarthy: Jaylin Williams
Jaylin Williams was one of five players to reach double-figures in Thursday’s game by nailing 5-of-9 shots from the field for a total of 11. He also led the team in rebounds with seven, while blocking two shots.
Brian Hauch: Aden Holloway
The freshman has done it again. In his first official collegiate start, Aden Holloway went 5-of-9 from the field, 3-of-4 from three-point land, and sunk his lone free-throw shot to end with 15 points. He was a team-player as well by leading the team in assists with five.
Fan vote: Aden Holloway
Auburn fans have spoken. Following Thursday night’s win, Auburn fans voted for Aden Holloway as their pick for Tiger of the Game. He earned 61% of the vote, beating out the likes of Johni Broome, Jaylin Williams, and Chris Moore. To have a say in who wins the next Tiger of the Game, head over to The Auburn Wire’s X (formerly Twitter) account to cast your vote following every Auburn basketball game.