Tigers Suffer Road Loss At Vanderbilt

The Auburn basketball Tigers lost a third consecutive game, going down Wednesday night vs. Vandy.

Nashville, Tenn.--Auburn continued its recent struggles as well as its multi-season struggles vs. Vanderbilt as the Commodores defeated the Tigers 73-61 in an SEC basketball game on Wednesday night at Memorial Gym.

The Commodores won the contest on the boards and at the foul line. Vandy came into the contest struggling at the foul line, but hit 24-30 attempts vs. the Tigers. The home team also won the rebounding statistic, 37-29, including an 11-6 edge in offensive rebounds.

The setback was the third consecutive loss for Coach Tony Barbee's team, which drops to 2-3 in the SEC and 8-10 overall. Vandy improved to 2-3 in the conference and 8-9 overall. For the Commodores it was their seventh consecutive victory vs. the Tigers.

Seniors Frankie Sullivan and Rob Chubb led Auburn in scoring with 14 points apiece. Freshman Brian  Greene added 11 points off the bench.

"We have got to get more guys contributing," Barbee said of his team's lack of scoring. "In the crucial run we missed every shot," he said of a second half shooting slumping for the Tigers, who made just 35.5 percent of their field goals after intermission. "We were getting our fair share of stops.

"To win, and win on the road, you have got to have effective offensive players and right now we don't," Barbee added "We don't have a lot of guys playing with a lot of confidence offensively."

The Commodores finished the night with four players in double figures led by 15 points from Kedren Johnson and 14 from Kyle Fuller.

Brian Greene plays Kedren Johnson.

Auburn hit 22-53 field goals (41.5 percent), 9-24 threes and 8-9 free throws. The Commodores shot 40.8 percent from the field making 20-49 attempts. Vandy matched the Tigers from three-point range hitting 9-24.

The Tigers turned the ball over 15 times, two more than the home team.

Auburn hit its first five shots to lead 12-4, but Vandy rallied to move ahead 14-12. With the score 27-27 the Commodores scored the final seven points of the first half and never trailed after that.

"Right now we are not playing real tough," Barbee said. "We are not playing with a sense of identity and it is hurting us on both ends of the floor."

Starting Lineup:Shaquille Johnson returned to the lineup at guard in place of Noel Johnson, who started vs. Kentucky. Frankie Sullivan and Josh Wallace opened at guard along with Rob Chubb at center and Allen Payne at forward.

At the Half: The Tigers shot 50 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes making 11-22 field goals, including 4-7 on threes. The Tigers were 1-2 at the foul line.

Vandy hit 10-28 field goals (35.7 percent), 4-14 threes and 10-12 free throws in the half.

The Commodores led in rebounds 20-12 and had four turnovers, two less than the Tigers.

Chubb led the Tigers in scoring at the break with eight points and Sullivan had four. Bright led the home team with nine points.

Worth Noting: The Tigers have now lost seven consecutive times vs. the Commodores. Barbee is 0-3 vs. Vandy.

Worth Noting, Part 2: Guards Chris Denson and Jordan Price in their second game back from injuries struggled to score. Price finished the game with three points and Denson added one.

Up Next: The Tigers will play a home game at 7 p.m. on Saturday vs. the Ole Miss Rebels.

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