Auburn freshman Jordan Price scored just two points in the Tigers' loss Saturday.
AUBURN, Ala. — Winthrop's Christian Farmer replaced Jordan Price as a 3-point shooter who could scarcely miss.
Farmer hit four 3-pointers in the first 10 minutes of the second half and scored a season-high 15 points in a 74-67 victory over Auburn on Saturday night.
Andre Smith and Derrick Henry both made two free throws in the final 26 seconds after the Eagles (5-5) lost most of a 16-point lead over the final 10 minutes before rebounding.
"Christian Farmer stepped up in a major, major way," Winthrop coach Pat Kelsey said. "He can really, really get going. He has unbelievable elevation on the jump shot so he's almost always open. Even when he's not open, he's open. He can just jump over people and get his shot off."
Farmer capped a 25-6 second-half run with two straight 3s and a free throw for Winthrop, which has won three of its last four games. That turned a three-point deficit into a 59-43 lead midway through the second half.
The Tigers (5-6) then cut a 16-point deficit down to three in the final minute. Frankie Sullivan, who had 22 points, hit a 3-pointer and made two free throws after forcing a turnover on the inbounds pass. Auburn forced another quick turnover after Winthrop crossed midcourt and called timeout.
Allen Payne made it 70-67 on a putback with 32 seconds left before Smith and Henry iced it at the line.
Jerome Joab had a career-high 16 points on 5-of-6 shooting for Winthrop. He and Farmer both more than doubled their season averages coming in.
Joab has made 24 of his last 37 shots.
Gideon Gamble added 13 points and five assists while Henry scored 10 points.
Price, a freshman guard, had his string of 11 consecutive made 3-pointers end when he missed his two attempts. That stretch tied the Southeastern Conference mark set by Vanderbilt's Kevin Anglin in 1992. The NCAA record of 15 consecutive made 3-pointers was set by Northwestern’s Todd Leslie in 1990.
Price finished with two points.
Auburn, which got 18 points from Chris Denson, had won all three games during Price's streak.
Tigers coach Tony Barbee called it "a huge step back" for his team.
"This game is always scary for coaches around the country, the one right before Christmas," Barbee said. "Teams get beat at home because the team that locked in on winning first and then after the game thinking about what you are going to do for the holidays is usually the one that wins."
Sullivan had six rebounds and five assists while making all 12 free-throw attempts. He struggled from the floor, though, going 4-of-17 shooting and making 2 of 11 3-point attempts.
Auburn made just 3 of 23 3-pointers (13 percent) and shot 38.3 percent (23 of 60). Winthrop hit 24 of 49 shots, or 49 percent.
"Obviously we weren't thinking about winning because we weren't defending, because they shot 50 percent from the floor," Barbee said. "They are a team that shoots 35 percent against every Division I team they have played this year. We didn't guard. We weren't interested in guarding. That is why they won the game."
The Tigers did have some bursts. They scored the next eight points to cut that lead in half, 59-51, with 8:03 to play.
Larry Brown ended that run with a drive to the basket, and Winthrop had a four-point possession after Price was whistled for a flagrant foul after throwing an elbow when he had the ball.
Jerome and Brown hit a pair of free throws apiece to push the lead back to what seemed a comfortable distance.
Auburn turned up the full-court press to help spark the aborted comeback.
"They were in desperation and they knew they had to speed us up and try to turn it over," Kelsey said. "Human nature makes you look at the scoreboard. Sometimes your mentality is to hold on for dear life. There was too much time on the clock, and we couldn't play not to lose."