AUBURN, Ala. – Texas Southern allowed Auburn to rally from an 11-point second-half deficit on the road falling 61-60 on Tuesday night.
TSU led 59-56 with less than two minutes to play, Auburn’s Bowers blocked a shot then finished with a layup to pull AU within a point.
K.C. Ross-Miller then stole an errant pass and KT Harrell finished with a put back to give Auburn its first lead since 10-8.
Texas Southern led most of the way, withstood an Auburn rally midway through the second half and another that saw the Tigers cut it 51-50 on Mason 3-pointer with 6:24 left. Malcolm Canada’s two free throws made it a one-point game again, at 55-54, with under 3:30 to play.
Harrell led Auburn with 14 points, Antoine Mason scored 13 and Ross-Miller, who drained two game-winning free throws with 12 seconds left, added 11.
Texas Southern (2-9) was led by Jason Carter’s 16 points and five rebounds.
It was Texas Southern’s 10th road outing in 11 games, and it almost completed its most recent tour of the Big Ten and the Southeastern Conference.
Road warrior Texas Southern was trying to follow up its win at Michigan State last Saturday with another victory Tuesday at a school from a big-time conference.