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Auburn 56, SMU 43: Tempo free numbers

Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Queens, NY- The consolation game of the Chartwell's Holiday Classic at St. John's saw Auburn hang on for a 56-43 victory. The numbers of note...

Possessions

Auburn - 71, SMU - 73

Offensive Efficiency

Auburn - 79, SMU - 59

How can SMU hold Auburn to an offensive efficiency rating of 79 and lose?

When your turnover rate is an astronomical 32 percent and the eFG mark is 29, it will happen. Auburn had a subpar 45 percent eFG percentage of their own, but the 35-18 lead forged at halftime was enough to allow the SEC representatives to hold on.

Auburn is 8-3 while SMU, plagued by slow starts both days here, fell to 4-7.

Scoring leaders

Khady Dieng, Auburn 14 points. (11 efficiency)

Alicia Frolin, SMU. 14 points (14 efficiency)

Game efficiency leader was Destynee Hives-McCray with 17, largely due to an 11 points and game high 10 rebounds.