Auburn Pulls Out A 62-58 Win Over CofC

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With AP Photos.Jared Harper made a clutch 3-pointer with 1:17 to go - his only field goal of the game - and Auburn held on to beat No. 13 College of Charleston 62-58 in a thriller in the Midwest Region to avoid avoided being the second No. 4 seed to be upset at Viejas Arena on Friday.

It had been an inartistic game, marred by errant shooting.

Both points guards dueled, some 25 feet from the basket, as the clock ticked toward zero.

Fourth-seeded Auburn couldn't shake those nerves in the opening half of its first-round matchup vs.

The final shot was one of 110 shots in the game - but had a lot riding on it. It appeared Riller was fouled but no call was made. "He forced an air ball and I think he got a hand on it". Auburn never really came close to covering the 9.5-point spread, making College of Charleston an easy victor on the betting line.

Pundits who reviewed the replay expressed surprise a foul wasn't called. He scored in double digits in 12-straight games to end the season. Charleston had 10 turnovers in the first half and 11 after halftime, exceeding its average of 8.4 that ranked eighth in the country. Riller was right behind with 16 points. A wrinkle that led to turnovers, he said, was an unfamiliar style against ball screens. He knew that the team's offense was built on isolations run by star players Grant Riller, Joe Chealey and Jarrell Brantley.

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"We know defense is the only way we are going to win games in this tournament", said Dunbar, who finished with six points on 2-for-2 shooting. "Those guys do big-time games", Grant said.

The poor shooting also carried over at the charity stripe, where Auburn shot 46.9 percent and made only 15 of 32 attempts.

Auburn led the SEC in free-throw percentage this season, but even an errant night at the line still yielded a significant points advantage.

Auburn now faces the victor of Clemson and New Mexico State on Sunday in the second round. So maybe we are putting a little too much pressure on our kids. But, beaches won't be necessary.

There will be 16 NCAA Tournament games taking place today across CBS, TNT, TBS and truTV.

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