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Bruce Pearl Wants More Production From Freshman Center Hoarce Spencer

Horace Spencer, a four-star recruit, is a player the Auburn basketball team is counting on to contribute this season.

Horace Spencer (above) signed with the Tigers in the 2015 class.

Auburn, Ala.--Coach Bruce Pearl wants more big-man scoring production off the bench and said that freshman  Horace Spencer has the potential to do that.

A six-foot-nine center, Spencer is averaging 5.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per contest for the Auburn Tigers , who are off to a 4-2 start this basketball season. He is averaging 16.8 minutes per contest in a reserve role.

“Behind Tyler (Harris) and Cinmeon (Bowers), we have got to have more production from all of the players on the roster,” Pearl said.

Harris, who scored 14 points and added 13 rebounds on Saturday vs. Middle Tennessee, was missed when he fouled out of Auburn’s 88-81 loss to the Blue Raiders. Bowers scored 19 points and pulled in a career-high 19 rebounds.

Spencer played 16 minutes off the bench and scored four points while adding four rebounds. Originally from Philadelphia, the four-star recruit signed with the Tigers while playing for Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev.

“I do think Horace Spencer is capable of doing more,”?Pearl said. “He is a freshman. There does not need to be as big a dropoff when he is on the floor. I?have got to get his confidence going a little bit because he is a good player.”

Spencer has taken 25 field goals in six games this season and has made 11 (44 percent).

“He has been told, and coached, that he is not an offensive threat--that he is simply just a defender and rebounder,” Pearl said. “I know he is more than that. I have got to get his teammates to get him pumped up a little bit because he can play a lot better and be a factor for us.”

Spencer and the Tigers will be back in action Tuesday at 8 p.m. CST as Mercer visits Auburn Arena for the Tigers’ only home game this month. Mercer is 8-1 for the contest that will be televised on the SEC Network.

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