Kentucky briefly retook the lead on a Washington dunk and foul shot, but Brown hit another trey to restore Auburn's lead at 47-46.
The Kentucky Wildcats are taking on the Houston Cougars in the Sweet 16 on Friday in Kansas City, Missouri.
Wildcats coach John Calipari had said Thursday that he would be "stunned" if Washington played more than 15-18 minutes, if he played at all. The ball went to Ahmed Hill as he jumped to the basket, but his attempt to tie it failed to fall. But at halftime, the team learned Okeke was on his way, and he rolled out onto the court shortly after Auburn's 12-4 comeback run to start the second half and take the lead for the first time.
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"I feel like our team played well the whole second half, the whole overtime", Harper said.
"It was too hard for us [to defend Auburn] because we didn't do a very good job of it, " Williams said.
There was a notion this Kentucky team might max out after two rounds of the NCAA Tournament if its star forward Washington didn't come back from a foot injury.
The second-seeded Cats will advance to the Midwest Regional final to face SEC rival Auburn on Sunday at 2:20 p.m. ET. Auburn isn't always pretty, but the Tigers are finding different ways to win games and are lighting up the scoreboard offensively in the process. Auburn made only three three-pointers in the first half, but the Tigers were able to get a jolt after Brown's first two of the half went in. Auburn forward Danjel Purifoy took exception, and promised something big in retaliation.
Jared Harper is one tough dude. Davis then muscled a shot over Reid Travis in the lane with 3:39 left for the Cougars' first lead since 13 minutes left in the first half. These teams met twice in the regular season with Kentucky winning both, 82-80 at Auburn and 80-53 at Rupp Arena.