TUSCALOOSA, Alabama (Ticker) -- Playing the final home game of his collegiate career, Earnest Shelton kept Alabama's Southeastern Conference West Division championship hopes alive.
Shelton scored 16 of his 24 points in the second half as No. 19 Alabama snapped a two-game losing streak with a 94-53 victory over Southeastern Conference foe Auburn.
Shelton, along with seldom-used seniors Lucky Williams and Jason Reese, will likely be the first senior class for Alabama (22-6, 11-4 SEC West) since 1989 to appear in four consecutive NCAA Tournaments.
"I'm proud of all of our seniors," Alabama coach Mark Gottfried said. "I feel good about how they finished. They are such great people and great players, so I'm excited for them."
With the win, Alabama remained tied with Louisiana State, which defeated Mississippi on Wednesday, atop the SEC West standings with one game remaining.
The Crimson Tide can clinch the division title with a win at Mississipi State on Saturday. Alabama would win the tiebreaker because it has a better division record than LSU, which closes its season Saturday against Vanderbilt.
The Crimson Tide took control of this one with a 21-2 run in the second half and cruised thereafter.
After Quinnel Brown made a jumper to draw Auburn (12-16, 3-12) within 45-34 two minutes into the second half, Alabama's Chuck Davis responded with six straight points before Shelton took over, scoring 10 points in four minutes, including a 3-pointer that made it 66-36 with 10:14 left.
The 41-point margin of victory was Alabama's largest in the series, which dates to 1924.
Kennedy Winston scored 17 of his 24 points in the first half to help Alabama take a 41-30 lead at the break.
The conference's leading 3-point shooter, Winston made 5-of-7 from the arc - all in the first half - for Alabama, which made 50 percent (11-of-22) of its 3-pointers.
"(Winston) has the ability to score in a lot of ways," Auburn coach Jeff Lebo said. "He's one of the best shooters in the country. If you leave him open, it's going down."
Auburn, which entered the game ranked second in the SEC in 3-pointers made (113) and attempted (331), made just 19 percent (6-of-31) of its 3-pointers. It was even worse in the second half when the Tigers shot 5 percent (1-of-20) from the arc.
"We're always a perimeter team," Lebo said. "That's what we do. If we make them, we have a shot."
Brown scored 17 points for Auburn, which has lost five games in a row.
Alabama's Ronald Steele played just 16 minutes while nursing an injured thigh, forcing Winston to play a majority of the second half at point guard.
"The good news is that we played pretty good without him," Gottfried said. "We don't want to play without him for long. We'll get Ron some treatment this week and hopefully he'll be fine."