AUBURN, Ala. -- Earnest Ross scored 20 points and made two free throws late in overtime to seal it as Auburn defeated Georgia Southern 88-84 in overtime on Wednesday night.
The Tigers (5-7) led by as many as 29 points in the first half and had a 52-25 advantage at halftime before the Eagles stormed back.
Georgia Southern (4-10) held Auburn scoreless for more than 6 minutes and went on a 15-0 run to bring it within 59-49 with 9:43 to go.
The Eagles used an 11-5 run late in regulation to send it into overtime, 76-76, on Ben Drayton's 3 with 6 seconds left.
Auburn made 9 of 10 from the free-throw line in the first half, before hitting 9 of 19 in the second. Georgia Southern sent the Tigers to the line 11 times in overtime, as they made eight.
The Tigers were without second-leading scorer Andre Malone (11.7 points per game), who coach Tony Barbee said left the team since the Tigers' last game against USC-Upstate on Dec. 21.