By PETER SANTO
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Mustapha Heron scored 19 points to lead Auburn to a 79-63 win over George Mason on Sunday.
Even without center Austin Wiley - who has not played this season due to eligibility issues - the Tigers (6-1) outrebounded the Patriots 45-30 and had 25 second-chance points. They have outrebounded all of their opponents this season.
Auburn shot 41 percent from the floor and made 10 3-pointers. Anfernee McLemore blocked five shots in his first start of the season and is averaging a team-high 3.4 blocks per game. He also added six points and 10 rebounds in 23 minutes.
Jaire Grayer led George Mason (4-4) with 18 points on 6-of-15 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds.
After shooting a season-high 49 percent against James Madison on Wednesday, the Patriots shot just 35 Sunday. George Mason is 5-6 all-time against SEC programs.
Auburn opened the game on a 16-0 run, holding the Patriots scoreless for the first seven minutes. The Tigers shot 52 percent in the first half and led by 11 at the break.
After trailing by as many as 22 in the opening half, George Mason came back to take the lead early in the second half. The Tigers responded quickly, retaking a double-digit lead with an 18-2 run.
Auburn: Continues its season-long three-game home stand against Gardner Webb on Wednesday.
George Mason: Returns home for a matchup against William and Mary Wednesday night.
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