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Lewis, Alabama Hand No. 4 Auburn First Loss

+ADw-p class+AD0AIg-subtitle+ACIAPg-No. 4 Auburn suffered its first loss of the season, leaving No. 7 San Diego State as the nation’s last unbeaten team.+ADw-/p+AD4APAAh— tml-version+AD0AIg-2+ACI –+AD4APA-figure+AD4APA-img src+AD0AIg-https://www.si.com/.image/c+AF8-fit+ACU-2Ccs+AF8-srgb+ACU-2Cfl+AF8-progressive+ACU-2Cq+AF8-auto:good+ACU-2Cw+AF8-620/MTY5Nzc2Nzc3MTk4MDUyNTEz/lewis-alabama-hand-no-4-auburn-first-loss.jpg+ACI height+AD0AIg-349+ACI width+AD0AIg-620+ACIAPgA8-/figure+AD4APA-p+AD4-TUSCALOOSA, Ala. +IBQ Kira Lewis Jr. scored 25 points and Alabama handed No. 4 Auburn its first loss of the season with an +ADw-a href+AD0AIg-https://www.si.com/college-basketball/game/2188505/box-score+ACIAPg-83-64+ADw-/a+AD4 rout on Wednesday night.+ADw-/p+AD4APA-p+AD4-The Crimson Tide (9-7, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) led wire-to-wire over their in-state rival. The Tigers (15-1, 3-1) had a miserable shooting night and left No. 7 San Diego State (18-0) as the nation+IBk-s last unbeaten team.+ADw-/p+AD4APA-p+AD4-It was the Tide+IBk-s first win over a Top 5 team since a 79-57 home defeat of then-No. 5 Texas A+ACY-amp+ADs-M on Dec. 30, 2017. This one was largely one-sided, too.+ADw-/p+AD4APA-p+AD4-Lewis scored 17 points in the second half for Alabama. He was 8 of 14 from the field and made 8 of 9 free throws.+ADw-/p+AD4APA-p+AD4-Herbert Jones had 14 points and 12 rebounds. Alex Reese scored 13 points and James Bolden had 11 for the Tide.+ADw-/p+AD4APA-p+AD4-It was a season-low in points for Auburn, which had won 27 of 28 games dating back to last season+IBk-s Final Four run.+ADw-/p+AD4APA-p+AD4-Isaac Okoro led the Tigers with 13 points. Austin Wiley had 10 points and 13 rebounds and Jamal Johnson also scored 10.+ADw-/p+AD4APA-p+AD4-Auburn closed within 50-47 on back-to-back three-pointers from Johnson midway through the second half, but the comeback attempt fizzled from there.+ADw-/p+AD4APA-p+AD4APA-strong+AD4-BIG PICTURE+ADw-/strong+AD4APA-/p+AD4APA-p+AD4-Auburn: Missed its first 10 three-point attempts and finished making just 20 of 63 shots (31.7+ACU). The Tigers shot 25+ACU from three-point range (7 of 28) and made 17 of 30 foul shots.+ADw-/p+AD4APA-p+AD4-Alabama: Has won seven of its last 10 games after starting 0-2 against ranked teams. The Tide gave the fans a huge reason to cheer in coach Nate Oats+IBk first season.+ADw-/p+AD4APA-p+AD4APA-strong+AD4-SAMIR STRUGGLES+ADw-/strong+AD4APA-/p+AD4APA-p+AD4-Auburn+IBk-s leading scorer, Samir Doughty, failed to score for nearly the first 23 minutes and wound up fouling out. He missed his first seven shots with six turnovers before hitting a basket with 17:10 left. Doughty finished with six points, 10 below his average, on 2-of-11 shooting.+ADw-/p+AD4APA-p+AD4APA-strong+AD4-FOUL FESTIVAL+ADw-/strong+AD4APA-/p+AD4APA-p+AD4-The teams were whistled for a combined 54 fouls. Auburn+IBk-s Doughty and point guard J+IBk-Von McCormick both fouled out. Alabama made them pay with a 29-of-37 foul shooting performance.+ADw-/p+AD4APA-p+AD4APA-strong+AD4-UP NEXT+ADw-/strong+AD4APA-/p+AD4APA-p+AD4-Auburn +ADw-a href+AD0AIg-https://www.si.com/college-basketball/game/2188507+ACIAPg-visits Florida+ADw-/a+AD4, which has won three of its first four SEC games, on Saturday.+ADw-/p+AD4APA-p+AD4-Alabama +ADw-a href+AD0AIg-https://www.si.com/college-basketball/game/2188508+ACIAPg-hosts Missouri+ADw-/a+AD4 on Saturday.+ADw-/p+AD4-

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