Tigers of the Game: Cardwell, Broome shine in season debut

It was business as usual for the No. 15 Auburn Tigers on Monday, as they opened the 2022-23 campaign with a convincing 70-52 win over George Mason at Neville Arena.

The name of the game was defense, as the Tigers limited George Mason to 38% shooting from the field. Auburn also took advantage of the Patriot’s offensive blunders by scoring 21 points off of 19 George Mason turnovers.

Auburn Wire takes a look at who stood out individually in Auburn’s season-opening win. The team of Taylor Jones, J.D. McCarthy, and River Wells each share their thoughts on the game’s brightest stars.

From defensive domination to impressive debuts, here are the Auburn Wire’s picks for “Tiger of the Game.”

Taylor Jones: Dylan Cardwell

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Cardwell’s name did not stand out as far as offensive production, but he was a headliner in Auburn’s defensive success.

The junior led the team in rebounds with nine, and out of Auburn’s ten blocks, Cardwell was credited with half of them.

J.D. McCarthy: Johni Broome

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What a way to kick off your Auburn career.

Broome, who transferred to Auburn last offseason from Morehead State, scored the first four points of the game for his new team. He ended his night with 12 points and pulled down six boards.

He was one of three Tigers to reach double figures in scoring and was tied for second alongside Jaylin Williams in rebounds.

River Wells: Wendell Green Jr.

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Out of all players, Green was the “top Tiger”

Green ended the game as the team’s leading scorer, posting 16 in the win, he went 5-of-14 from the field and was 5-6 from the free throw line.

Story originally appeared on Auburn Wire