No. 4 Auburn holds off rival No. 24 Alabama, 81-77


Auburn center Dylan Cardwell (44) celebrates with an Alabama signature ‘Crimson Crane’ (imitating a signature move from the movie the Karate Kid) in front of Alabama guard JD Davison (3) following a tight Auburn win, 81-77, in an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP/WHNT) — No. 4 Auburn beat No. 24 Alabama in the rival matchup on Tuesday night.

Freshman Jabari Smith scored a season-high 25 points and Allen Flanigan made four straight free throws in the final minute, lifting Auburn to an 81-77 victory over rival Alabama.

The Tigers lost all of a 14-point lead before managing to avoid becoming the third Top-5 team to lose on the night.

They pushed their win streak to 12 games in the rivals’ first Top 25 matchup in 35 years.

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