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Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl directs his team from the sideline during the second half. (Photo: Adam Sparks / Inside the Auburn Tigers, 247Sports)

It was supposed to be Auburn's biggest test of the season. Georgia had a talented roster, was playing well and its top player -- freshman guard Anthony Edwards -- is a possible No. 1 overall draft pick.

In reality, it was a rout.

After a slow start, Auburn's offense got hot, its defense was suffocating and the home crowd at Auburn Arena was deafening. The Tigers ended up rolling in a game that many thought would be close.

Final score: Auburn 82, Georgia 60.

With the win, the No. 5 Tigers improved to 15-0 overall, 3-0 in the Southeastern Conference. They haven't lost a game since last year's NCAA Final Four.

Guard Samir Doughty led Auburn with 17 points. Forward Anfernee McLemore and freshman combo guard Allen Flanigan had 12 each.

Edwards scored 18 points, but most of them came when the game was already in hand for coach Bruce Pearl's Tigers.

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Dear Auburn MBB,

Please don’t let the second game I get to watch this season be a loss to UGA.

Sincerely,

The worst basketball fan. #MBB #WarEagle

— Bearly Lethal™ (@Bearly_Lethal) January 11, 2020

In a battle of two solid teams, one matchup seemed to have the attention of people more than any other -- the one between two touted freshmen.

Auburn switches everything on defense, but Isaac Okoro starts out matched up against Anthony Edwards. Should be a fun one to watch.

— Josh Vitale (@JoshVitale) January 11, 2020

For Auburn, there was bad news early -- starting center Austin Wiley picked up his second foul with 14:10 left in the opening half. He left the game. At the time, Wiley had one rebound and one turnover ... but no points.

Two fouls on Austin Wiley already, with a tough illegal screen called just then. He's back on the bench with 14 minutes left in the first half.

— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonAU) January 11, 2020

For Auburn, slow starts are nothing new this season. Saturday, there were a couple reasons for it to happen.

Auburn's shooting doesn't look great... but that's been consistently bad through the start of the last few games. What's hurting just as much is the rebounding. Georgia's come down with 10 rebounds to Auburn's 3.

— Giana Han (@giana_jade) January 11, 2020

Did anyone tell our offense that the game time changed?

— Drunk Aubie (@DrunkAubie) January 11, 2020

A dunk by McLemore ignited a much-needed run by the Tigers. It was 14-6 in favor of Georgia at the time. Before long, it was 14-11, then 14-13 before Georgia broke the run. But Auburn had come alive.

Anfernee McLemore's dunk is followed by a defensive stop and a Danjel Purifoy 3-pointer. Then a Georgia travel. Auburn trails Georgia, 14-11, at the under-12 timeout, but this place is coming to life.

— Tom Green (@Tomas_Verde) January 11, 2020

Again, Anfernee McLemore has to get the scoring run started. That dunk was big.

— Jay Glover (@jayau92) January 11, 2020

As Auburn got hot, Georgia's shooting went a little flat (well, more than a little) for a bit in the first half. The timing couldn't have been worse for the Dawgs.

Auburn in front for first time at 18-16 with 12-2 run. Georgia missing some shots but Tigers getting away with a lot of grabbing on defensive end. 7:51 1H.

— Chip Towers AJC (@ctowersajc) January 11, 2020

Two foul shots by Wiley gave Auburn a 23-19 lead late in the first half. At the time, this looked like it would still be a close game. 

Austin Wiley going from a career ~50 percent free throw shooter to one of Auburn's best/most consistent at the line this season is truly remarkable.

— Tom Green (@Tomas_Verde) January 11, 2020

After a 3-pointer by Allen Flanigan gave the Tigers a six-point lead with 4:05 left in the half, Auburn Arena again came alive and the Tigers had a ton of momentum. They wouldn't give it up.

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: Good things happen when Allen Flanigan touches the ball.

— Auburn Hoops Fan Account (@aubawn) January 11, 2020

This is the best first half Allen Flanigan has played in an Auburn uniform, and I'm not sure it's close.

— Josh Vitale (@JoshVitale) January 11, 2020

When the heralded Edwards missed a foul shot late in the first half, the home fans let him have it.

Anthony Edwards misses his foul shot to "over rated" cheers.

— Giana Han (@giana_jade) January 11, 2020

With Auburn up 33-20 with 1:24 left in the first half, here was an interesting stat.

This is the best first half Allen Flanigan has played in an Auburn uniform, and I'm not sure it's close.

— Josh Vitale (@JoshVitale) January 11, 2020

#UGA really lost its composure last few minutes. Contributes to Auburn 15-1 run that has Tigers ahead 33-20 with 1:22 remaining in 1H.

— Chip Towers AJC (@ctowersajc) January 11, 2020

The Auburn student section got high praise Saturday from the ESPN announcing crew. The place was packed ... and it was loud from start to finish. Actually, it was loud even well before tip-off.

ESPN'S @CoachJimmyDykes on the @AuburnMBB Jungle: There's not a better student section in college basketball than these guys right here.

Incredible compliment. pic.twitter.com/OHAVpMhzoV

— Kevin Scarbinsky (@KevinScarbinsky) January 11, 2020

A McLemore hook with 16:33 left gave Auburn a 19-point lead (46-27) -- its biggest of the game at the time. For Auburn, everything was clicking.

First time we've really seen Anthony Edwards pressing and Georgia showing its youth. Succumbing to environment. Crean calls timeout to stop bleeding with Dogs trailing 46-27, 16:29 to play.

— Chip Towers AJC (@ctowersajc) January 11, 2020

How do you put away a team at home? An 11-3 run to open the second half helps.

— Josh Vitale (@JoshVitale) January 11, 2020

For those keeping score at home, Auburn is on a 40-13 marathon (run doesn't seem to suffice) against Georgia since an early eight-point deficit. 46-27, 16:29 left.

— John Zenor (@jzenor) January 11, 2020

This is the auburn defense that I know and love. Let's keep up and finish the game strong

— Jordon Lovell (@Jlovell55) January 11, 2020

With Auburn rolling midway through the second half, Edwards was having a rough game. At the 13:25 mark, he had scored only 6 points and was just 2 of 9 from the foul line.

Anthony Edwards swings his arms down and looks to the bench frustrated as a free throw goes in and out. That kind of day for Georgia.

Auburn leads 50-33.

— Justin Lee (@ByJustinLee) January 11, 2020

Anthony Edwards can’t handle the pressure.

— Don Allen (@donthaman96) January 11, 2020

Georgia quickly fell behind 54-33 in the first frame of the second half, but even with Edwards having an off game, it didn't quit. The Bulldogs went on a 4-0 mini-run but Flanigan answered with a 3-pointer and lead was again at 20. The Tigers never looked back and the route was on.

Allen Flanigan is a bucket today. The freshman is 5-of-6 from the field, including 2-of-3 from deep, and has a career-high 12 points off the bench to go with four rebounds.

— Tom Green (@Tomas_Verde) January 11, 2020

Georgia's abysmal foul shooting certainly didn't help the Bulldogs' cause Saturday. They finished just 17 of 33. Auburn wasn't much better, going 7 of 15 at the line.

Auburn is running Georgia out of the gym. The Bulldogs are shooting something like 25% from the free throw line.

— sdsuaztec4 (@sdsuaztec4) January 11, 2020

With Auburn rolling late, it was a Twitter love fest for the Tigers ...

Auburn is straight out working the other team. This is really good basketball

— Delvin (@dee_ray1977) January 11, 2020

Retweet if your College Basketball team is still undefeated

— Auburn Sports / (@AuburnMan100) January 11, 2020

Georgia when Auburn is driving the lane pic.twitter.com/hp3fakOXao

— AuburnedYou (@AuburnedYou) January 11, 2020

I love beating Georgia, doesn’t matter what sport. It all brings immense joy.

— Auburn Memes (@AuburnMemes) January 11, 2020
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