Tigers Looking to Bounce Back Vs. Hurricanes

The Auburn basketball Tigers will look to double their victory total with a win on Tuesday night.

Auburn, Ala.--Tony Barbee's Auburn basketball Tigers will be trying to pick up their second win of the season on Tuesday night at the Auburn Arena when Division II Georgia Southwestern plays the Tigers for the first time.

Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. against a team with a 3-1 record that plays in the Peach Belt Conference. The Hurricanes feature five starters who are scoring in double figures led by 6-2 guard Talmadge Bell at 16 points per game and 6-7 junior forward Phillip Brown, who is scoring 15.5 points per contest while adding 7.8 rebounds per game.

The Tigers, 1-4, will try to bounce back from a 69-55 home loss to the Jacksonville University Dolphins on Saturday night. The Tigers were in the game until the final minutes before fading, something that has become a pattern for the team.

"We need to shake the memory of the last game, and the only way you do that is get in practice and work through some of the problems that we have had and go out in the game and make those changes," Barbee says.

"That is the biggest thing that I have been preaching is the mistakes we are making we can correct so let's correct them," the coach adds.

Sophomore guard Earnest Ross is averaging 13.2 points and 7.4 rebounds for the Tigers and sophomore guard Andre Malone leads the team in scoring with an average of 13.4 points per contest.

Kenny Gabriel, a 6-8 junior forward, is the top rebounder for the Tigers at 7.4 per game and he is averaging 7.2 points per contest.

Barbee says he is pleased with the progress Ross is making, but says the Tigers need more consistent scoring from Malone and Gabriel as well as other players on the team.

Georgia Southwestern has won three straight games since losing its opener 82-62 at Kennesaw State. Since then the Hurricanes blew past Knoxville College 108-33 before defeating Clearwater Christian 79-53 and Fort Valley State 89-77.

"They are a well-rounded team," Barbee says. "Their whole team can shoot threes. They have five guys who average in double figures so they have a pretty balanced attack, inside and outside.

"They have a really good three-point shooting team which we will have to get on their perimeter players, find them in transition and make it hard on them," the coach adds. "They are a good team. They can beat you so we need to come in here and make it hard on them defensively."

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