AUBURN — Bryce Brown poured in a team-high 25 points while Mustapha Heron added 23 points and Jared Harper tallied 14 points and a career-high 14 assists as Auburn took down Vanderbilt 93-81 on Saturday night.
Auburn climbed to No. 8 in the new Associated Press Top 25 poll released Monday.
The Tigers (21-2, 9-1 SEC) shot 56 percent from the floor and buried a season-best 17 3-pointers against Vandy.
The win was Auburn’s first over Vanderbilt since 2007 and snapped the Tigers’ 13-game losing streak to the Commodores.
“I thought we created offense from our defense in the first half, so we got some in transition,” AU head coach Bruce Pearl said.
“We’re doing a pretty good job of getting Jared [Harper] in the position to make plays and spread the floor.
“I thought we just got great guard play tonight.”
Harper’s 14 assists were one off the single-game program record and were the most by any SEC player in a contest this season.
Meanwhile, Brown and Heron each shot 8-of-12 and combined to go 9-of-13 from downtown to lead Auburn.
Chuma Okeke came off the bench and notched 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting, including 2-of-2 from 3-point land. Desean Murray chimed in nine points and five rebounds.
The Tigers got things going from the jump, as an Anfernee McLemore layup put the home team up 2-0. Auburn never trailed the rest of the game.
The Tigers led by as many as 22 at 36-14 with 6:32 remaining in the first half, but Vanderbilt (8-15, 2-8) got within seven after a 21-6 run.
Okeke drilled a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Auburn a 45-35 lead into the locker room.
The two teams traded baskets for a majority of the second half, but a 3-pointer by Malik Dunbar put the Tigers back up by 20 at 80-60 with 9:11 left in the game.
Vanderbilt was paced by Jeff Roberson, who had 30 points and 10 rebounds. Riley LaChance added 13 points and six assists.
The Tigers return to the court Wednesday night against Texas A&M. Tipoff is set for 8 on the Auburn Sports Network and ESPN2.