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Tigers of the Game: Williams, Broome make ‘splash’ in win over South Carolina

After sustaining a 16-point loss to Florida last Saturday, the No. 12 Auburn Tigers needed a dominating win to hop back into the SEC championship race. The Tigers got just that on Wednesday by smashing No. 11 South Carolina, 101-61.

The win over the Gamecocks marks the third time this season that Auburn has reached the century mark in points, the first time in SEC play. The strong performance was due in part to the efforts of Jaylin Williams and Johni Broome.

The duo combined to connect on 16-of-26 shots from the field and 9-of-12 from the three-point line to score 44 combined points. To boot, Broome and Williams also revealed a new nickname, “Splash Bros” to the Auburn fan base following the game.

Broome and Williams made an impact in the win, but who else made a difference? Here’s a look at which players stood out to Auburn Wire writers, as well as Auburn fans. Here are the “Tigers of the Game” from Auburn’s win over South Carolina.

Taylor Jones: Dylan Cardwell

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John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

A win is usually inevitable when a team’s bench adds 39 points to its overall total. Dylan Cardwell may not have led the bench in points, but he had the best overall output. Cardwell went 2-for-3 from the field and was perfect from the free-throw stripe (4-for-4) en route to an eight-point outing. He also recorded a season-high five assists and blocked four shots in the win.

Brian Hauch: Johni Broome

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Zach Bland/Auburn Tigers

It was business as usual for Johni Broome, who scored 21 points in Auburn’s win over South Carolina. Broome shot 8-of-15 from the field, which included a 4-of-5 mark from three-point land. Wednesday’s performance marks the sixth time that Broome has scored 20 or more points this season.

Tyler Raley: Jaylin Williams

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Zach Bland/Auburn Tigers

After suffering an off-day in Saturday’s loss to Florida where he scored six points on 30% shooting, Jaylin Williams returned to usual form on Wednesday by shooting 73% for a team-leading 23 points. It is the third time over the last five games that Williams has reached the 20-point mark this season, and has reached the total in eight games.

Fan vote: Jaylin Williams

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Zach Bland/Auburn Tigers

Auburn fans have spoken, and they have selected Jaylin Williams as Tiger of the Game for his efforts in Auburn’s win over South Carolina on Wednesday. Williams earned 61% of the vote, beating out the likes of Johni Broome, Chad Baker-Mazara, and Tre Donaldson 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