Rapid Reaction: Late dagger from Jared Harper sends Auburn to SEC tourney final
When Auburn and Florida were battling in the first half of Saturday’s SEC Tournament semifinal, PG Jared Harper was leading the way, scoring 16 points.
Bryce Brown took over in the second half, but when the Tigers needed a big shot to clinch a victory and send them to Sunday’s SEC final, it was Harper who had the ball in his hands once again. He didn’t disappoint, draining a three to make the score 64-60 and give the Tigers a two-possession lead.
That shot ended up being the difference, though the Gators extended the game by fouling. The Tigers eventually won 65-62 to advance to Sunday’s final.
Harper had 20 points to lead the Tigers, and Brown added 13 in the win. Florida big man Kevarrius Hayes led the Gators with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
On the final play, the Tigers were trying to foul the Florida point guard on the final possession, but the refs didn’t blow the whistle, and the game ended in controversial fashion. However, at the end of the day, the Tigers are the ones heading to Sunday’s SEC final.
Now, they’ll await the winner of the Kentucky-Tennessee game, which takes place shortly after this game.