Brown (10 points on 3-for-11 shooting) hit one with 2:06 remaining to put Auburn ahead by one, and after Riller tied it with a free throw, Harper hit the shot that gave his team the lead for good.
Auburn's 62-58 win over College of Charleston on Friday was ugly offensively, players and coaches acknowledged that, but the result is all that matters in the tournament.
"I got touched", said Charleston's Grant Riller, who had made 2 of 7 from three-point range, "but it's not my job to worry about foul calls or not". "At the end of the day, Auburn played good defense tonight".
Auburn defeated Charleston (SC) 62-58 in Friday's match held at San Diego, Calif. (Viejas Arena) in front of a crowd of 10,092.
It was hard to see live, but replay appeared to show Auburn defender Bryce Brown making contact with Riller's shooting elbow. Jay Bilas of ESPN said it appeared Brown hit Riller's shooting elbow.
Auburn had more second-chance points with 10, compared to Charleston (SC)'s 4.
The Cougars' Grant Riller has 12 points and is the only player in double figures. "We get inside off of drives, off of slips and ball screens".
"We wanted to get to Sunday to have a chance to be one of 16 teams left with a win on Sunday", Pearl said. Auburn forced 21 turnovers and was able to convert that into 21 points.More news: Egyptians overseas cast their votes, process monitored in Cairo
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"When we have won games, big games, road games, things like that, we have gotten great contribution from those guys, and the big three didn't have to carry us".
Nervousness plagued Auburn (26-7) in the estimation of Pearl, who attributed the team's surprisingly poor free-throw shooting - 15 of 32 - to excessive pressure of representing the Southeastern Conference.
Though Auburn pulled it out, they sure made it close.
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It was a huge shot, all right, and it allowed the Tigers to stick around San Diego for two more days.
Charleston coach Earl Grant hadn't seen a replay of the play when asked about it after the game and only offered praise for the officiating crew.
Okeke became a force after McLemore was lost, averaging 13 points and almost 10 rebounds per game over Auburn's next three games.
College of Charleston: Champions of the Colonial Athletic Association, the Cougars were making their fifth appearance in the NCAA Tournament and first since 1999.