In victory against Ole Miss, Walker Kessler sets a new record for Auburn single-season blocks

In victory against Ole Miss, Walker Kessler sets a new record for Auburn single-season blocks ...

Walker Kessler has reached the top of Auburn's record book.

On Wednesday, the 7-foot-1 big man set the program's single-season record for blocked shots during Auburn's 77-64 victory against Ole Miss. Kessler was paired with his third triple-double of the season, adding 12 points and 10 assists for the Tigers. He now has 131 on the season.

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Thats crazy, said guard Wendell Green Jr. about Kessler's record. I didnt know that happened tonight. So, you know Im going to hit him with a text if I dont see him again tonight. That's crazy. That's the all-time leader. I know he feels good about himself. We just feel pleasure having him out there.

Kessler surpassed Kyle Davis' single-season record in the game's first eight minutes, with three blocks to tie the program's single-season record of 126.

After 2:47 to go until halftime, Kessler claimed the feat for himself. Ole Miss' Sammy Hunter attempted to put Kessler up under the basket, but the lancholic fought back for his fourth block of the game, his 127th season, and his only possession of the Tigers' single-season record.

It's been around since 03, said Davis. It was broken by someone who has a fantastic shot-blocking capability, he said.

After halftime, Kessler finished the first half with eight points, seven rebounds, and five blocks. Wednesday, he ranked sixth in the Division I table, trailing only Jamarion Sharp, who had 125 people entering the day.

After the game, Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said he didn't discuss the record with Kessler in the locker room, but he received another message for his starting center.

Walker is the best shot-blocker I have ever coached, said Pearl. It is likely to be the best I will ever coach. I told him after the game, I promised him more.

Tom Green is an Alabama Media Group beat reporter. Follow him on Twitter.

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