No. No. 13 Yale came back from a 10-point deficit in the second half to upset No. 4 Auburn 78-76 on Friday after Auburn had numerous chances to tie or take the lead in the final 30 seconds.

The Tigers led 61-51 with 9:53 to go before Yale slowly chipped away at the lead thanks to an Auburn scoring drought. The Tigers went more than three minutes without scoring as Yale cut the lead to four with 4:41 remaining.

Yale then took a 73-72 lead with a 3-pointer by John Poulakidas with 2:11 remaining. The teams traded missed shots before Poulikidas committed an off-ball foul on Auburn’s Denver Jones with 46 seconds left.

From that point on, the Bulldogs kept at it. In one way or another.

Jones, an 88% free throw shooter, missed the first end of a 1-and-1 before Danny Wolf made two more free throws to extend the lead to three. Auburn had a chance to tie the game with less than 30 seconds left, but Tre Donaldson’s three-pointer clanked off the rim.

After Yassine Gharram made one of two free throws, Auburn’s KD Johnson was fouled while making a layup with 9.4 seconds left.

Johnson missed his free throw, but Auburn got the ball on the possession arrow after a tie-breaking rebound.

Tre Donaldson was then fouled under the basket on the inbounds pass and went to the free throw line. He missed both of his free throws…and Auburn got the rebound. Johni Broome missed an equalizer when he crashed hard and Jaylin Williams’ shot was blocked before time expired.

Yale guard Yassine Gharram celebrates with fans after Yale upset Auburn in an NCAA Tournament first-round game on Friday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Broome appeared to suffer a right knee injury when he fell to the ground and sat on the field as Yale celebrated the victory.

Poulakidas had a game-high 28 points. He was 10 of 15 from the field and 6 of 9 from the 3-point line. Broome had 24 points as he was 7-10 from the field and 9-of-11 from the line.

The win is the first in the NCAA Tournament for Yale since the Bulldogs upset No. 5 Baylor as the No. 12 seed in 2016. The Bulldogs had since played in March Madness twice, losing both games in the first round as a No. 14 seed.

Auburn’s loss continued a terrible start to the NCAA Tournament for the SEC. The Tigers became the fifth SEC team to lose in the first round when they fell just minutes after Florida lost to Colorado. Mississippi State, Kentucky and South Carolina all lost on Thursday. Tennessee was the only SEC school to post a win on the first day of the tournament.

The Tigers entered the NCAA Tournament as SEC Tournament champions and were the No. 7 favorite at BetMGM to win the national title. You could make a compelling case that Auburn was seeded at No. 4 prior to the tournament. But Auburn didn’t play as a favorite on Friday.

Auburn had numerous opportunities to take down Yale over the course of the second half, but it simply didn’t work. The Tigers were also missing Chad Baker-Mazara. He was ejected within the first five minutes of the game for a flagrant 2 foul on Yale’s August Mahoney. Baker-Mazara entered the game as Auburn’s third leading scorer.

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