Auburn basketball: What Bruce Pearl did with money Florida fans threw at players

Bruce Pearl didn’t make much of the behavior of Florida fans after the Gators handed Auburn a 72-66 loss in Gainesville.

“Just college basketball,” the head coach said after opposing fans tossed money at Auburn players while chanting “F-B-I” on Saturday evening.

Some Auburn players, including shooting guard Bryce Brown, weren’t sure if fans threw real or fake money the Tigers way. Pearl confirmed it was real money and touched on his program’s compliance regarding the matter.

“It was real money and I think there are $5 or $6 that is out there,” said the head coach. “And because you know, we’re compliant, we have actually turned that money over to compliance. Really. It was $5 or $6, but our people have the money. I don’t know what they’re going do with it. Probably give it to charity. But we have already self-reported it.”

Brown, who scored 6 points in the game, wasn’t fond of the strange incident, which he said was among the strangest things to happen on the road this season.

“That was kind of different,” Brown said. “I’ve never seen nothing like that. I’ll remember that next time we play them. I didn’t like that. I didn’t like how they tried us like that. I didn’t like that.”

What irked Pearl more was Auburn’s lack of execution early and the Tigers inability to get defensive stops late in O’Connell Center.

“Two things,” Pearl said. “One, we didn’t execute early and gave them confidence, and I thought that was partly our doing. And two, we didn’t get stops late. We had a chance to start well and execute, and we didn’t. Then we had a chance to close—because we took the lead two or three times—and we couldn’t get stops. Didn’t get stops. Those are the two things that are definitely disappointing. We left that on the table.”

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