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Smalley, Auburn down FIU for Thanskgiving Classic crown

MIAMI -- Alli Smalley scored 21 points to lead Auburn (No. 16 ESPN/USA Today, No. 15 AP) past Florida International 63-52 on Sunday to win the FIU Thanksgiving Classic.

Smalley earned tournament MVP honors and DeWanna Bonner added nine points and 12 rebounds for Auburn (7-0), which beat N.C. State 66-51 on Saturday in the opening-round game of the three-team event.

Monika Bosilj led FIU (1-5) with 32 points and nine rebounds.

FIU kept it close in the opening minutes, but Auburn went on a 20-2 run to take control and led 34-20 at halftime. FIU committed 14 turnovers in the first half that resulted in 14 points for Auburn.

Auburn's largest lead was 25 points. The Tigers shot 37 percent (25-of-67) from the floor.