Vols lose SEC opener at Auburn

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AUBURN, Ala. — Bryce Brown and Kareem Canty scored 20 points apiece to lead Auburn to an 83-77 victory over Tennessee Saturday in both teams’ Southeastern Conference opener.

Brown scored 17 of his points in the second half — including four 3-pointers — to help the Tigers (7-5) snap a two-game losing streak.

Tyler Harris added 19 points and 13 rebounds for Auburn.

Kevin Punter and Admiral Schofield helped keep the Volunteers (7-6) close with big games. Punter, the SEC’s No. 2 scorer, had 31 points with six rebounds and four assists. But he and much of his team struggled from 3-point range — going 3 for 28.

Schofield had 22 points and eight rebounds while Robert Hubbs III fouled out with 13 points. The Vols had won two in a row but struggled to put away East Tennessee State and Tennessee State.