The Bulldog started quickly, building an 18-11 lead on a 3-pointer by Craig Sword. Auburn battled back with a 9-2 run for a 20-20 tie on a putback by Antoine Mason.
The lead switched hands a couple of times before a basket by I.J. Ready placed the Maroon and White on top 30-29. MSU used a 10-2 run to build a 36-31 lead.
A 3-pointer by Auburn’s K.T. Harrell brought the Tigers within 36-34 at halftime.
A layup by Sword pushed the MSU advantage to 38-34. From there, Auburn seized control of the contest. The Tigers built a 48-41 lead on a 14-3 run.
The Bulldogs went better than six minutes without a field goal as the Tigers upped the advantage to 56-45 with 11:37 left.
MSU responded with a 16-3 run, which included a 12-0 spurt to take a 61-59 lead on a jumper by Ready with 7:11 left.
The Bulldogs would hold one final lead before a layup by Harrell placed the Tigers on top for good at 66-65 with 3:47 left. Alex Thompson followed with a 3-point basket for the Tigers, who were able to ease to victory from there.
For the contest, MSU hit 26 of 52 shots from the field (50.0 percent), 1 of 12 shots from 3-point range (8.3 percent) and 15 of 19 shots from the foul line (78.9 percent). Auburn hit 22 of 48 shots from the field (45.8 percent), 8 of 15 shots from 3-point range (53.3 percent) and 22 of 34 shots from the foul line (64.7 percent).
Auburn held a 34-27 rebounding advantage. MSU had 14 assists and 16 turnovers, while Auburn had nine assists and 17 turnovers.
Auburn received 21 points from K.C. Ross-Miller and 19 points from Harrell.
Sword had a team-high seven rebound, four assists and a block in 28 minutes of play.