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AUBURN, Ala. -- Mustapha Heron had his first career double-double -- 24 points and 10 rebounds -- Danjel Purifoy scored 16 points, and Auburn beat Eastern Kentucky 85-64 Thursday night in a Cancun Challenge game.Heron shouldered the load, but Auburn needed a team effort to keep its season-opening win streak alive.The Tigers led 10-2 but went cold while Eastern Kentucky (1-2) rallied and stayed ahead until two and a half minutes left in the first half. Purifoy hit a 3-pointer amid a 9-2 run and Auburn led 37-34 at halftime.The Colonels (1-2) closed to within 38-39 early in the second half on Jaylen Babb-Harrisons layup. Auburn pulled away on a 15-2 run and led 65-50 after a free throw by Heron and Eastern Kentucky got no closer.Auburns 34.5 shooting percentage in the first period became a scorching 56.7 percent in the second half as the Tigers broke the game open.Theyre a good team, and you cant give a team like that second- and third-chance opportunities, and thats what we did, Eastern Kentucky coach Dan McHale said. We allowed them to impose their will, and they made us pay.The Tigers (3-0) were by propelled by Heron, a freshman, who connected on all eight of his field goal attempts, but only made seven of his 13 free throws.Auburn outrebounded the Colonels 51-30, but made 25 of 41 free throws (61 percent), which helped Eastern Kentucky stay close for most of the game.I thought that we were obviously, our physicality -- the difference between the OVC and the SEC showed up on the boards, Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said. And obviously we took advantage of some things. I dont think that our offensive execution is not what it needs to be. Were going to spend some time doing a better job with that.Nick Mayo led the Colonels with 22 points and five rebounds, and Dillon Avare added 14 points.THE TAKEAWAYAuburn: The Tigers finish their opening homestand 3-0 and head to Cancun, Mexico, on a roll.Eastern Kentucky: The Colonels drop the first of two games against Power 5 opponents and fall below .500 on the season.HE SAID ITInteresting. Weve struggled from the free throw line and we were shooting great in the preseason and we actually shot more free throws this week than we have in a while. I think Im not going to shoot any more free throws and just let them do it on their own because that could have been an issue in the outcome. -- Auburn coach Bruce PearlMAJOR MILESTONEAuburn guard Ronnie Johnson finished with 13 points, but it was a seemingly meaningless layup midway through the second half that mattered the most. With those two points, Johnson eclipsed 1,000 total points for his career. Johnson, a graduate transfer, scored 697 points in his first two years at Purdue and had 291 at Houston last year.STARTING HOTWith the win, Auburn moves to 3-0 for the first time since 2011-12. Its the second time in 12 years thats happened on The Plains.UP NEXTAuburn travels to Cancun to play Texas Tech on Tuesday for the Tigers first away game, and theyll look to keep Bruce Pearls best start at Auburn going.Eastern Kentucky also plays the Red Raiders in Cancun, but the Colonels take on Texas Tech on Saturday. Goedkoop Air Max 270 Flyknit Zwart/Wit Dames Kopen . The Cincinnati Reds remain perfect with their speedy rookie outfielder in the starting lineup. Air Max 2019 Zwart Dames . Halifax beat the Saint John Sea Dogs 7-5 on the strength of two goals apiece from Nikolaj Ehlers, Matt Murphy and Brent Andrews. 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Fremantle coach Ross Lyon has urged fans to be patient with the clubs rebuild, saying it could take about four years before his side are in a position to challenge for the flag again.The Dockers are set to overhaul their list at the end of the season, with more than a dozen players expected to be shown the door.Fremantles hierarchy have decided a rebuild is necessary following a disastrous 2016 campaign that has seen the club go from premiership fancies to competition easybeats.With just one round remaining, the Dockers sit in 16th spot with a 3-18 win-loss record.Matthew Pavlich will retire after Sundays clash with the Bulldogs at Domain Stadium, while players such as Hayden Ballantyne, Nick Suban, Michael Barlow, Zac Clarke, Garrick Ibbotson, Ed Langdon, and Chris Mayne could join rival clubs via trades or free agency.A host of other players are set to be delisted, giving Lyon the first chance in his coaching career to rebuild a list.The Dockers had previously hoped the return of star trio Nat Fyfe, Michael Johnson, and Harley Bennell from injury would allow the club to make a swift rebound.But Lyon warned that is unlikely to be the case.The 10th-year coach pointed to the Western Bulldogs recent rebuild as a typical example of how long it might take.The Bulldogs featured in preliminary finals in 2009 and 2010, before deciding to rebuildd after crashing to 10th in 2011.dddddddddddd.The club broke their four-year finals absence when they finished sixth on the ladder last year.Lyon is contracted until 2020, and says hell probably need most of that time to get the team back into finals mode.We understand were rebuilding. Thats on the agenda, Lyon said on Friday.Ive certainly got a time frame. Everyone hopes to do it quickly. But I think history tells you its going to take some time.Basically (for) everyone its about in their fourth year isnt it.We dont know exactly where were at. Its a moving feast. Theres basically seven or eight players under 20 games again. Were on a journey.This year will be just the second time a Lyon-coached side has missed out on the finals.The only other time was in 2007, when the Saints finished ninth in Lyons debut as a coach.Some experts have doubted Lyons ability to be able to rebuild a list.But the 49-year-old is confident he can do it, and is looking forward to the challenge.Lyon will head to the United States during the off-season to take part in an authentic leadership course at Harvard.Hawthorns Alastair Clarkson, Geelongs Chris Scott, and St Kildas Alan Richardson are other AFL coaches who have done the course. 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