AUBURN, Ala. — KT Harrell scored 24 points, and Cinmeon Bowers had 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead Auburn past Louisiana-Lafayette 105-80 on Friday night.
Harrell has scored at least 20 points in each of the Tigers’ three games, while Bowers posted a double-double in each of his three career games.
“That’s the best we’ve played so far,” Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said.
Tiremone Williams scored 18 points, while Bryce Washington, Jay Wright and Johnathan Stove each added 11 for Louisiana-Lafayette (1-2). The Cajuns scored the first four points after halftime to pull within 47-42 with 18:02 remaining but never got closer.
Harrell and Bowers led the way with 28 points in the first half. Bowers hit the first 3-pointer of his brief Auburn career to give the Tigers (2-1) a 45-38 lead heading into halftime.
The success of Harrell and Bowers overshadowed the struggles of guards Tahj Shamsid-Deen and Malcolm Canada, who shot a combined 1-of-10 from the field for just four points in the half.
But Shamsid-Deen bounced back in the second half, finishing with 21 points. Canada chipped in a career-high 10 points and six assists.
“I thought we had really good contributions all the way around,” Pearl said. “This is our third game in eight days. That’s a lot, but we’re used to playing that way.”
The Tigers eclipsed 100 points for the first time since they scored 105 against Grambling in 2003.
UL-Lafayette hosts Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Monday.
Women host Tech: The UL-Lafayette women will look for their first victory in program history against Louisiana Tech when the teams meet at noon Saturday in Earl K. Long Gym.
The Cajuns (2-0) also are aiming for their first 3-0 start since 2004-05. Louisiana Tech, led by 24-year-old coach Tyler Summitt, is 1-1.