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Doughty’s 33 leads No. 22 Auburn’s 116-70 rout of CSUN



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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Samir Doughty scored a career-high 33 points and J’Von McCormick had a school-record 16 assists, leading No. 22 Auburn to a 116-70 rout of Cal State Northridge on Friday night.

The Tigers (4-0), who eked out a win over South Alabama on Tuesday night, were in control throughout this time. They scored the first 11 points and led 66-38 at halftime.

It was the most points Auburn had scored since getting 119 against Winthrop on Nov. 24, 2017.

Doughty made his first five 3-pointers and scored 22 by halftime against the Matadors (0-4).

The senior guard finished 10-of-15 shooting and made 6 of 8 3s. He also had eight rebounds. Doughty’s previous career best was 23 points against Duquesne when he was a freshman at VCU.

Terrell Gomez led Cal State Northridge with 23 points and made five 3-pointers. He was coming off a career-best 33-point game against Pepperdine.

McCormick had assists on five of Auburn’s first nine baskets and kept setting up scores from there, while committing only one turnover. Freshman Isaac Okoro, who hit the game-winner with 2.9 seconds left against South Alabama, scored 17.

Danjel Purifoy had 16 points and Austin Wiley added 10 points and nine rebounds.

Brendan Harrick scored 17 and also made five 3s for CSUN. Elijah Harkless scored 11 points and Jared Pearre had 10.

BIG PICTURE

CSUN: Fell to 0-6 against Southeastern Conference opponents. Were outrebounded 52-33.

Auburn: Has won 16 of its last 17 games dating back to last season’s Final Four run. Started 4-0 for the second straight season, something that hadn’t happened in 20 years. Hit 17 of 35 3-pointers.

GOTTFRIED’S RETURN

The Matadors’ coach, Mark Gottfried, is familiar with the Tigers. He led rival Alabama’s program for 11 seasons, a tenure that ended with the 2008-09 season.

TECHNICALLY SPEAKING

CSUN’s Harkless and Auburn coach Bruce Pearl both drew technical fouls. Harkless was whistled for flopping late in the first half and Pearl drew the whistle early in the second half.

UP NEXT

CSUN visits Richmond on Sunday.

Auburn hosts Colgate on Monday night.

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John Zenor

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