11/12/2021 | 10:30 a.m. CT
Auburn Sports Network
AUBURN, Ala. – It was a block party at the Auburn Arena on Saturday afternoon. No. 21 Auburn blocked 14 shots and flipped the ball just seven times for an impressive 86-64 win over Yale, which improved to 7-1 that season.
The 14 blocks corresponded to the Auburn record under Pearl and were three outside the program record.
KD Johnson and Jabari Smith stepped the Tigers offensively. Johnson scored a team high of 19 points, and newcomer Smith finished their fifth straight game in double digits with 17 points. Smith also pulled down seven rebounds.
As a team, Auburn had five players in the double digits.
Junior Devan Cambridge recorded his second career doubles doubles with 10 points and 10 rebounds, which corresponds to his career on the glass.
Zep jasper and Dylan Cardwell also finished with 10 points each. Cardwell had a couple of alley oop dunks in the first half and was 5 out of 6 off the floor. The 6-foot-11 sophomore also grabbed six rebounds and blocked three shots on the floor in 17 minutes.
The dominance of the second half this season continued on Saturday as the Tigers outperformed Yale (39-34) in the final 20 minutes. But they too started scorching hot and drove to an 11-0 run in the first six minutes. Yale didn’t score his first point until 14:09 in the first half. Auburn had seven blocks in that section, including three of Walker Kessler.
Kessler, Cardwell and Babatunde Akingbola all finished with three or more blocks.
Next up for Auburn is a matchup with Nebraska in Atlanta next Saturday as part of the Holiday Hoopsgiving event. The game is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. CT.