George Washington, sporting a new starting lineup and a four corner offense, got 25 points from center Mike Zagardo to defeat Auburn, 71-60, in the consolation of the Show-Me Classic here.
Missouri played Arkansas State, winner over Auburn Friday, for the championship.
With 4:01 left, Zagardo was left unguarded underneath and scored a three-point play to give GW a 50-47 lead. They never trailed again.
The Colonials raised their record to 2-2 after a first-round loss to Missouri Friday. Auburn also is 2-2.
GW Coach Bob Tallent opened up with freshman Randy Davis starting for guard Brian Magid. Davis and backcourt partner Curtis Jeffries brought the Colonials out in a four corners spread offense. The formation confused the taller and stronger Tigers and Zagardo scored at will on layups. The Colonials led at the half, 32-26.
Auburn, led by guard Bubba Price, outscored GW 10-2 to open the second half as GW didn't score from the field for the first 8 1/2 minutes. Magid then came off the ben to hit three straight fields goals and bring the Colonials within two at 38-36. Magid scored 14 of his 16 in the second half. After falling behind, Auburn was forced to foul the Colonials, who converted 10 of 13 free throws in the last 2 1/2 minutes to ice the victory.
Tallent's new line up also featured Bucky Roman, a forward who had not seen action this season due to a broken ankle.
David dished off four assists in his first collegiate start, while Jeffries added three. Zagardo, fully recovered from a sprained ankle, played the entire game, pulling down a game-high eight rebounds.
Price led the 2-2 Tigers with 16 points and Rich Valvicious, a member of Indiana's 1976 national championship team before transferring, scored 12.