A 10-point favorite, Auburn trailed much of the contest until swapping leads down the stretch.
The Auburn freshman scored nine points and had three rebounds in helping the Tigers beat Mercer.
"I can't tell you what the last couple of days have been like trying to prepare for that team, and trying to get Austin ready to play", Pearl said. At first I was nervous, but when the game started flowing I started picking up.
Auburn improved to 8-2. Not only was Dunans facing the terrible feeling of being responsible for the game-winning play but he was also marred in a 2 for 19 slump from beyond the 3-point arc coming into Sunday afternoon's contest.
"I got kind of emotional out there, but I can't think about that as the game is going", Wiley said of the ovation he received upon checking into the game with 12:55 to go in the first half.
It added an element to the offense that the Tigers haven't had all season.
While it's easy to dismiss the win as one Auburn shouldn't have struggled with, Pearl's bunch came away with a critical 8th win in non-conference play and a huge confidence booster going forward.
Wiley is already practicing with the team, according to Goodman.
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Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl after 76-74 win over Mercer. "For him to have picked up on the things he needed to do in such a short period of time is remarkable".
Reflecting on his first college game, and playing in the final moments of a dramatic win, Wiley was in awe of the day's action. His mother, Vickie Orr, double-doubled with 12 points and 10 rebounds in a November 25, 1985, win over Clemson.
Both games were played across the street at Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum.
The younger Wiley isn't there yet, but he could be before his time is up at Auburn. When it was all over, it was senior T.J. Dunans who was being carried off the court by his teammates. He is the son of former Auburn stars Vickie Orr of Hartselle and Aubrey Wiley. "He's going to be really good".
Wiley averaged 22 points and 12 rebounds as a junior for Spain Park in Hoover.
After taking summer classes and graduating semester early from Calusa Prep in Miami, he spent more than a week at Auburn just waiting to see whether or not the NCAA and SEC would sign off on his eligibility. "I was just trying to get a win but now that I think about it, it's insane". "I just tried to stay ready", Wiley said.