BY: JUSTIN LEE
KT Harrell scored 22 points and Allen Payne added 16 with 13 rebounds and five assists as Auburn defeated Florida A&M, 81-50, Saturday night.
Auburn (8-3) jumped out to a 38-27 lead by halftime. In the second half, Chris Denson exploded for the Tigers, scoring 17 of his 19 points in the final frame.
Auburn outscored the Rattlers 43-23 in the second half to pull away. Denson boosted the Tigers' effort late, after having sat for most of the first half in foul trouble.
Florida A&M (4-11) shot just 21.9 percent from the field and was outrebounded 56-37. Jamie Adams led the Rattlers with nine points and Jamari Bradshaw had eight with seven boards.
The Tigers will kick off Southeastern Conference play when they return to action against Ole Miss on the road Thursday. Florida A&M will host North Carolina-Central on Jan. 11.
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