AUBURN, Alabama — Auburn junior Desean Murray doesn’t want to let his team down again. Murray missed much of the second half on Saturday against Georgia dealing with full body cramps.

Auburn could write off the incident if it was a one-time occurrence, but the Presbyterian College transfer dealt with cramps down the stretch against Murray State as well.

"It was pretty bad,” Murray said. “I didn't get to get back in the game obviously. I've taken care of it. I've been drinking a lot of fluids. It's real tough sitting there watching my team, but we pulled it out.”

Murray finished the game with five points and seven rebounds in 15 minutes. He didn’t score in the second half — he only attempted on shot — playing four minutes. Murray is averaging 11 points and a team-high 6.9 rebounds a game this season with three double-doubles. He’s started all 25 of Auburn’s games this season. The power forward was impressed with the way his teammates closed out their 78-61 win over Georgia down to seven available scholarship players.

“We played real well,” Murray said. “We played great defense. We were without Bryce (Brown), we were without me in the second half, it's just next man up. We have a lot of depth.”

The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder promised to “stay hydrated” the rest of the season — ”I’ve got to keep that in mind” — but it won’t just be up to Murray to manage the situation.

“It’s a little later in the year now,” Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said. “We have to watch his salt intake and hydrating him days before instead of just the day before. I think he’ll be fine the rest of the season, but there definitely will be, from a diet standpoint and a hydration standpoint, some different things. He’ll pay attention to it now that it’s happened a couple of times.”

It's especially important considering how important Murray has been to the team’s improved play this season.

“He’s a huge difference,” Auburn guard Mustapha Heron said earlier this season. “It’s not even a question, huge difference. He does things that nobody else wants to do. We call him a ‘little Charles Barkley’. He rebounds, he plays hard, he hits guys, he gets hit, and he doesn’t fall. He just does the things that nobody else wants to do.”

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