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Auburn Freshman Horace Spencer Making His First College Road Trip

Horace Spencer is off to a solid start playing college hoops for Bruce Pearl's Tigers.

Horace Spencer (above) played high school basketball in Nevada, but is from Philadelphia.

Auburn's basketball game at Coastal Carolina on Wednesday evening will be the collegiate road debut for center Horace Spencer, who is a key performer off the bench for Coach Bruce Pearl’s Tigers.

A six-foot-nine, 220-pound freshman, Spencer is averaging 6.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots per game for the 3-1 Tigers.

“I think so far we are doing really well,” he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. “We are really gelling as a team and we are still growing as a team, but so far so good.”

Counting the two exhibition contests, the Tigers have played six games, all at Auburn Arena. On Wednesday at 6 p.m. CST they will take on Coastal Carolina at the HTC Center in Conway, S.C.

“I am kind of used to playing on the road coming from Findlay Prep,” Spencer said. “We traveled a lot and we even went to Canada my junior year so playing on the road is not a big deal to me.

“I will see how it is in college, though,” he adds. “I know there will be a lot bigger crowd than in high school.”

The Chanticleers, who play in the Big South Conference, have represented that league in the NCAA Tournament the past two years. Last season they defeated the Tigers 58-54 at Auburn Arena.

Led by former Auburn head coach Cliff Ellis, Coastal Carolina is off to a 3-3 start with the latest game at 79-73 road loss to Campbell.

Auburn is coming off a 119-91 victory over Northwestern State in which the Tigers struggled early, falling behind 9-2.

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Spencer is averaging 18.3 minutes of playing time through his first four regular season games.

“We know that we have to work on our start,” Spencer says. “We got into things the second half and we did it by playing a lot better team defense. We also played better team offense in the second half.”

The Tigers scored 72 points after intermission to turn a 10-point lead into a lopsided the victory vs. Northwestern State. Spencer scored six points while adding five rebounds along with a block and a steal in that contest.

Asked what he is working on improving, the freshman says, “My offensive game. I think my defense will take care of itself by playing hard. I am working on finishing better around the rim and improving my mid-range jump shot.”

Wednesday’s game can be heard on The Auburn Network’s radio broadcast and video of the contest will be streamed at BigSouthSports.com.

After playing Coastal Carolina the Tigers are off until a Dec. 12th game vs. Middle Tennessee State that will be played at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.


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