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Tigers of the Game: Broome carries the load in tough loss

As the old saying goes… “all good things must come to an end.”

The No. 6 Auburn Tigers watched its 11-game win streak snap on Wednesday in a losing effort to rival Alabama in Coleman Coliseum, 79-75. The score was close, and the margins for error were even closer.

Auburn held a higher field goal percentage than Alabama, connecting on 42% of their shots compared to the Crimson Tide’s 38%. However, Alabama’s field goal attempts carried more substance as they connected on 11 three-pointers. The Crimson Tide also held more rebounds, second second-chance points, and recorded three fewer turnovers. Free throws were vital to Alabama’s win as well, as they succeeded on 16-of-19 attempts as opposed to Auburn’s 14-of-18.

Auburn’s Johni Broome was the star of the show for the Tigers, as he led the team in several categories such as points, rebounds, and blocks. Auburn also found aid in two bench players.

Which Tigers stood out the most in Auburn’s loss to Alabama? Here is a look at who Auburn Wire writers, as well as Auburn fans, voted for as their “Tigers of the Game.”

Taylor Jones: Chad Baker-Mazara

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Zach Bland/Auburn Tigers

Bench play has been vital to Auburn’s success this season, and the Tigers could not have played close to Alabama without the efforts of Chad Baker-Mazara. Baker-Mazara led all bench players by scoring 11 points, and went to the free-throw line a team-leading seven times, connecting on five. He also tied with Denver Jones by recording three steals.

JD McCarthy: Tre Donaldson

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Zach Bland/Auburn Tigers

Tre Donaldson was another critical bench piece for the Tigers on Wednesday. He backed up Aden Holloway, who went 0-for-7 from the field, by connecting on 60% of his shots (3-for-5). It was business as usual for Donaldson in the assists department, where he collected three.

Brian Hauch: Johni Broome

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Gary Cosby Jr.-USA TODAY Sports

Johni Broome carried the load for Auburn on Wednesday. He attempted the most shots (17), which means that he connected on a team-high 11 shots from the field for 25 points. Defensively, he reeled in 10 rebounds, earning 14 total to complete his 8th double-double of the season. Included in his totals are a team-high five blocked shots.

Fan vote: Johni Broome

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Zach Bland/Auburn Tigers

Auburn fans have spoken, and they have elected Johni Broome as Tiger of the Game for his efforts in Auburn’s loss to Alabama. Broome earned 95% of the vote, beating out the likes of Jaylin Williams, Tre Donaldson, and Chad Baker-Mazara for the honor.

To have a say in who wins the next Tiger of the Game honor, head over to The Auburn Wire’s X (formerly Twitter) account to cast your vote following every Auburn basketball game.

Story originally appeared on Auburn Wire