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Big Game For Tyler Harris Is Not Enough For the Auburn Basketball Tigers

Tyler Harris was effective scoring, but didn't have enough help from his teammates as Auburn lost to South Carolina.

Tyler Harris (above) made 10 of Auburn's 12 two-point field goals vs. South Carolina.

Auburn, Ala.-- Auburn became the 14th straight team to succumb to the South Carolina Gamecocks in the 2015-16 basketball season as the Tigers fell 81-69 on Tuesday night at Auburn Arena.

The game was a messy ball-handling contest with Auburn committing 21 of the 40 total turnovers in the contest with 15 of those coming from the Tigers in the first half.

If there was one Auburn player who could look towards the game and draw a major positive from it, that guy would be graduate student Tyler Harris. He finished the contest with 22 points on 10 of 13 shooting while adding six rebounds and three assists.

At one point in the second half, unbeknownst to Harris, he was a perfect nine of nine shooting from the field

“I wasn’t aware,” said Harris of his streak, which was actually 11 straight made baskets counting a Saturday win over Tennessee. “I was just playing (with) tunnel vision trying to get back in the game as much as we could.”

Coach Bruce Pearl wasn’t pleased with his team’s performance, saying that it was a “disappointing effort” against an undefeated Gamecock team. However, Pearl noted he was impressed by the way Harris played and competed.

“Tyler was terrific,” Pearl said of the transfer from Providence College. “He was 10 for 13 in (the game) and we were begging the guys to throw it in there. We didn’t do a very good job recognizing that mismatch and taking advantage of Tyler on the inside.”

The 7-6 (1-1 SEC) Tigers will try and bounce back when they travel to Columbia on Saturday to take on the 7-6 (0-0) Missouri Tigers for their first SEC road game of the season. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. CST with television coverage provided by ESPN2.


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