Bruce Pearl salutes Charles Barkley as Auburn wins share of SEC title

Auburn?clinched its first regular-season SEC title in men’s basketball since 1999 on Saturday, and head coach Bruce Pearl didn’t want to celebrate the moment without saluting the program’s alums.

“There’s guys like Charles Barkley right now … who is celebrating this victory,” Pearl said of the NBA Hall of Famer, who played for Auburn from 1981 to 1984. “That was for you, Charles, and a lot of those guys who wore this uniform.”

Bryce Brown scored 29 points, making eight 3-pointers, and No. 14 Auburn claimed a share of the SEC title with a 79-70 comeback victory over South Carolina.

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